SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region (Rudaw Media Network)—Galawezh, a literary festival in the city of Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, is themed on literature from the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire.
The four-day festival, which ends Wednesday, has followed a two-decade tradition of focusing on the literature of a particular country, often with links to Kurdistan.
The 2016 festival is dedicated to Armenia and commemorates the Armenian Genocide, which is similar to the current plight of the Kurds.
The Armenian Genocide of the 20th century led to the death of about 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.