Forty years of war, flight and violence have left their mark on autonomous Kurdistan in Northern Iraq. Hana Raza, who grew up in the Kurdish mountains, is from a Peshmerga family who fought against Saddam Hussein's regime. Now the biologist is fighting to save wildlife in the mountains, particularly the rare Persian leopard.
Globally, there are only about 1300 Persian leopards left and, so far, only three have been spotted in the Qara Dagh mountains where Raza works. After years of negotiating, Raza is about to secure a 2300 hectare area of mountain land to protect the leopards, whose fate she sees as closely intertwined with that of her fellow Kurds.