Eyewitness
Inside Iraq
15 March 2007

BlogdaliaqkaikhasrawAs part of Sky News' Inside Iraq week we have invited Kurdish university worker Dalia Kaikhasraw to blog for us.

Dalia, 29, survived Saddam Hussein's gas attack on the town of Halabja in 1988, which killed 5,000 people. Here she finishes her blog with a message of hope, courage and humility.

Thank you all for your nice comments. What particularly caught my attention was a comment about minority rights.

I would like to explain that here I am talking only about myself as Kurdish woman. I share my story, and try to explain that there are good things happening here too.

I do not blame anyone for squeezing this story into politics because whatever contains the name of Iraq nowadays tends to be politicised and soon the human face of it will be undermined.

If suffering would have made human beings negative and created hatred, what individuals like me have suffered and witnessed should have been enough to make one among the most negative persons around the world.

Getting to the edge of death a few times, hunger, abuse, torture, living in refugee campus, witnessing the death of the innocent loved ones in the most brutal way are enough to convince you to shut down the doors of your heart to the rest of people.

But what I did was to open the doors and share my story with others. In addition to introducing the cause, this way has always helped me go forward and achieve what I have today.

As I will be travelling to my village, in which I do not have access to internet, I guess this will be my last blog, which is about language, for this time.

March 7th - 8th I was helping a friend of mine to run a two-day seminar on Raising IT Awareness in Kurdistan. Since he did not get hold of a good interpreter, I offered to help him with that.

At the end of each tea break or lunch break of the seminar several people approached me and they were complementing what a good interpreter I am.

I was interpreting English into Kurdish and vice versa. What was very interesting was I was getting most of the complements for my Kurdish language, which is my mother tongue, and not for my English language skills which is my third language.

Those compliments made me happy and sad at the same time. I was sad because the systematic denial of Kurdish language was one of the policies of Ba'ath Party.

This has lead to weakening the language and even misshaping it most of the time. But, what is hopeful is that people appreciate efforts to revive this language and complement those who try to speak a pure Kurdish.

As I mentioned earlier, there were several points of time, I reached the edge of death and thought I will not last for more than few seconds, but I am glad that I am alive now and can share my story and my opinion with you.

Thank you very much for taking time to read this

Written by Eyewitness, 15 March 2007

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