Login  |  Register  |  Search

Kurdish Genocide: Remembering Halabja for the Sake of the Future

Kurdish Genocide: Remembering Halabja for the Sake of the Future
Velma Anne Ruth - Mon Mar 18, 2013 @ 09:52PM
Comments: 0


Kurdish Genocide: Remembering Halabja for the Sake of the Future

Panel Discussion, Friday March 15th, 10:00 am

held at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law

Washington, D.C.


As featured on Kurdistan TV in Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan, March 16, 2013 





9:45 -10:00



10:00 – 10:15

Welcome Remarks:

Professor Robert Destro (CUA) and Najat Abdullah (KRG)

Prayer by Very Reverend Mark Morozowich, S.E.O.D, the Associate Professor of Liturgical Studies and Sacramental Theology and Dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at CUA


10:15 – 10:25

Short Film:

An historical overview of Halabja – before, during, and after the tragic events of March 16-17, 1988


10:30 – Noon

Panel Discussion and Q&A:

The Kurdish Genocide: Remembering Halabja for the Sake of the Future

Professor Michael J. Kelly,  Associate Dean Creighton University School of Law and leading expert on the Halabja Genocide

Zmanko Mohammad Saleh, Halabja survivor and the subject of a powerful documentary called “Halabja, The Lost Children”

Velma Anne Ruth M.Ed., Executive Director, Middle East Democracy Federation

Moderator: Professor Michael Noone


12:00 – 12:20

Remembering the Victims and Honoring the Survivors:


Recital of the Kaddish prayer, the Jewish prayer for the dead, by Gus Goldberger Esq., attorney and cantor

Closing remarks by Dr. Sayyid Syeed, the National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) to honor the six Halabja survivors visiting from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq









Proceeds from Independent Review, Inc. go to support the activities of Middle East Democracy Federation, affiliated with ABS Community Research, Inc and a series of ethnic NGOs from the region. Ms. Ruth presented as granted in place of Sherkoh Abbas, President, Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria. Copy of speech available upon request.  

Comments: 0