From the BBC.
John McCarthy meets the Kurds of northern Iraq, a unique island of stability in a nation broken into warring fragments.
He asks how a people who have been victims of abuse and atrocity for generations managed to transform their fortunes so dramatically.
How did they recently gain the confidence to calmly take over the disputed city of Kirkuk and claim it as their own? And how can they avoid being sucked once more into a maelstrom of violence?