The Kurdish people are an ethnic Group inhabiting an area across parts of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria.
According to various estimates around 30 Million Kurds live worldwide, a majority of them in Turkey. Recent emigration took over a Million to Western countries. Around 700,000 of them live in Germany.
Deep-seated hostility still exists between the Turkish state and the country's Kurds, who weren't recognized as a distinct people by the Turkish government until 1991 and are still not allowed to teach their language in kindergarten through highschool. As Reese Erlich and Emilie Pons discovered, that conflict is reflected in Kurdish music, which has a long history of documenting their struggle.
While visiting Turkey, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas pushed for a truce in Syria and said that Turkish troops should not be permanently deployed across the border. His Turkish colleague lamented "unjust" criticism.