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Literary festival in Iraqi Kurdistan commemorates Armenian Genocide

Literary festival in Iraqi Kurdistan commemorates Armenian Genocide

PanARMENIAN.Net - Galawezh, a literary festival in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimani that has endured for two decades, is focusing this year’s edition on literature from the Armenian Genocide under the Ottoman Empire, Rudaw reports.

The four-day festival, which ends Wednesday, November 23, has followed an annual tradition of focusing on the literature of a particular country, often with links to Kurdistan.

This year, the festival is dedicated to Armenia and commemorates the Armenian Genocide, which mirrors the Kurds’ own recent history.

The Armenian Genocide of the 20th century led to the death of 1.5 million people at the hands of the then Turkish Ottoman Empire.

The Kurdish Genocide, on the other hand, was committed at the hands of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, under his Anfal campaign. At least 182,000 Kurds, notably in rural areas, were killed under the systematic military campaign to wipe out a whole nation.

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