Dr. Carol Prunhuber: Kurdistan is a prime example of a functioning democracy in the Middle East
Roni Alasor, Ararat News-Publishing (ANP), 13 October 2012 - Erbil-Kurdistan - Speaking on the Second World Kurdish Congress (WKC), which brought more than 600 Kurdish and non-Kurdish scientists, experts in different fields, academics, policy makers, researchers and practitioners from the Kurdish diasporas to the capital of Kurdistan Region Erbil, Dr. Carol Prunhuber, Venezuelan writer and journalist said that she is very moved by the development in free Kurdistan : “The first time I came to Kurdistan was in 1985 to film a documentary for a French TV agency. When we arrived through Bagdad Airport, I felt the oppressive presence of the Sadam Hussein regime. But two days ago when I arrived at the beautiful and modern Erbil Airport and was greeted by Kurds at customs, I become so moved by all that has happened since 1985 in this nation. Kurdistan is a prime example of a functioning democracy in the Middle East. More and more the world is seeing Kurdistan in this light, said she.”
“Let us start by thanking the Kurdistan Regional Government for hosting and supporting this historic event. Their generosity and support is unprecedented and we are grateful! They have made it happen!” said Dr. Prunhuber.
She thanks to the all delegates, who have come from all corners of the world to lend support and expertise towards the development of a stronger, more efficient and modern Kurdistan.
“Thank you to all the staff without whom we would not be here today–from the KRG Departement of Foreign Affairs.
“Though Venezuelan by birth, my connection to the Kurds goes back nearly 30 years – when I had the good fortune to meet, interview and come to know Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou - And through Ghassemlou, the Kurdish situation. The first time I came to Kurdistan was in 1985 to film a documentary for a French TV agency on the KDPI. When we arrived through Bagdad Airport, I felt the oppressive presence of the Sadam Hussein regime. We traveled across Iraq, through Kirkuk, Suleymania to the border with Iran. Even with tanks on the roads and soldiers stopping us at every corner, the moment we crossed into Kurdistan, the strength and resilience of the Kurdish people was more than evident. I also came in 2009 and now, in 2012. Two days ago, I flew into the beautiful and modern Erbil Airport and was greeted by Kurds at customs. I am so moved by all that has happened since 1985 in this nation.
“Four years ago, I published a book that I had written in 1991 telling the story of Ghassemlou’s life and the Kurds in Iran –that book opened the path for me to be here today. I speak about Ghassemlou because he was a visionary, a progressive man, especially during those dire times after the Iranian Revolution. Merely by speaking of him, we invite his presence to be here – for he would have been delighted to see how far his nation has come. Above all else, he wanted his country to be unified and move forward. And today we are here in Erbil, on the brink of several days of discovery. We will be delving into the past history of the Kurds, scrutinizing the present and envisioning an even brighter future.
For this is our collective mission. Through the knowledge and expertise of academics and scientists this year, in areas relevant to the nation’s needs, we can etch a far-reaching vision for a progressive and modern Kurdistan.