The Kurdish Donkey: The Triumph of the
April 28, 2012
Unforgettable images of children burned with
From February to September 1988, Iraqi dictator
Saddam Hussein decides to exterminate the Kurds. His
right arm Ali Hassan al-Majid nicknamed "Chemical
Ali or the Butcher of Kurdistan" (1941 - hanged in
2010) sends helicopters filled chemical bombs raze
entire villages of the current governorate of
The city hardest hit by the chemical bombs is
Halabja (5,000 victims), 17 and 18 March 1988. And
these are the horrors of children, women, old dead
charred, shown by all the television world which
marks the end of Saddam Hussein and justify the Iraq
war, waged by the United States, the Great Britain
and a coalition of other states in 2003. In 2005,
Iraqi Kurds becoming independent and Jalal Talabani
became president of the Iraq Republic. Including
convicted for "crimes against humanity" and hanged
Dec. 30, 2006, the Iraqi dictator will always haunt
Since April 11, 2012, at the center of Sulaimaniyah,
the second city of the Autonomous Region of
Kurdistan of Iraq. Now a throne-like statue
bust of a donkey
with big ears, wearing a shirt, jacket and Tie a
long drooping tie on its pedestal of pink granite.
On the base, reads the epigram in honor of the
donkey, written by Mela Khidri Ehmedi Shaweysi
aka Nali (1797-1856), a famous Kurdish poet. The
sculpture, which measures 1.8 meters high and 1.1
wide, required seven months of work by the Kurdish
artist Mira Zerak and cost a total of 4,000 U.S.
The bust was commissioned by the "Party of donkeys"
founded and registered in 2005. Owner: "The party of
The administrative structure of the single party in
the world is based on the life of this donkey, and
the headquarters and its branches have names
associated with this animal as donkey or ass.
This political party, absolutely unique in the Arab
world where the donkey is often abused, has filed a
grant application to the Kurdistan Regional
Government to open a radio station called "Zarin
(braying)," cry of the donkey in Kurdish.
On the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the
bust of the donkey in suits and ties, the Secretary
General of the party of donkeys, Omar Kalol,
expressed the hope that it will encourage the Kurds
to better treated animals and especially "donkeys".
The General Secretary of Party of donkeys, Omar
Kalol, expressed the hope that it will encourage the
people of Kurdistan to better treat animals,
especially donkeys. "The donkey has played a very
important role in the Kurdish national liberation
movement. (...) He was the friend of the fighters in
the mountains when they were fighting for the rights
of their people," he said, referring to the years of
guerilla warfare in northern Iraq and Iran against
the central government.
The Bronx sculpture was opened to the public during
a small ceremony which held under the supervisor of
the Iraqi first lady Mrs. Hero Ibrahim Ahmed (born
of Sulaimaniyah city 1948). A few days later the
donkey sculpture was damaged by some unknown peoples
and then fixed again.
Eng. Nia Amin is an Advisor & Human Right Activities
in EU and ekurd.net columnist.
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