Peshmerga from the past and from the present war with Daesh immortalized at the photo exhibition

In Warsaw there has just been held solemn opening of the photo exhibition “Peshmerga yesterday and today”. The event was organized by the Office of the Representative of Kurdistan Regional Government to Poland in cooperation with Press Photography Club and Association of Polish Journalists that makes his headquarters available for the exhibition.More than a hundred guests attended the event including representatives of Polish state authorities headed by Bogdan Borusewicz vice-marshal of  Senate of Poland (the upper house of the Polish parliament) and Wojciech Fałkowski- secretary of state in the Ministry of National Defense, diplomatic corps, representatives of regional authorities from Mazowieckie Voivodeship and Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, academic circles, journalists, photojournalists, Kurdish diaspora and many other peoples admiring bravery of Peshmerga.

Vernissage started with welcoming guests by co-hosts of the event- Donat Brykczyński Head of Press Photography Club. Next, Ziyad Raoof the Representative of Kurdistan Regional Government to Poland took the voice. He thanked everyone for coming, special thanks were given to authors of pictures- journalists and photographers who visited Kurdistan Region, saw the frontline in front of their eyes, took pictures and familiarized Polish audience with courage of Peshmerga.  Ziyad Raoof during the opening speech told more about history of Peshmerga- from the armed struggle against Saddam Hussein dictatorship to the present war with Daesh. KRG Representative reminded that 1800 Peshmerga died at the war and more than 9 thousands are wounded. On the occasion of presence of important guests, Ziyad Raoof once again appealed for military support for Peshmerga, medical assistance for the most badly wounded Peshmerga and for political support for Kurdistan Region. Ziyad Raoof also announced that within the frame of the campaign “Poles for Peshmerga” KRG Office in Poland will organize another events.

On behalf of the authors of pictures journalist Witold Repetowicz took the voice. He has just returned from another trip to Kurdistan and told about the current situation there as well as in Rojava.

After opening speeches the audience listened to two symphonies “Peshmerga” and “Shingal” written by the prominent Kurdish composer Dalshad Said. After the official part guests saw the exhibition and tasted Kurdish snacks.

Vernissage received widespread attention in Polish media. Consequently, the exhibition that will be opened until the end of January 2017 undoubtedly will enjoy a great popularity.

At the exhibition are presented pictures taken by Polish journalists and press-reporters who visited Kurdistan Region and frontline with ISIS from 2014 to 2016. Photos are enriched journalists’ impressions from meetings and conversations with Peshmerga. Archival photographs from “Kurdistan Photolibrary” Chris Kutschera resources documenting Peshmerga from 60s to 90s are the second part of the exhibition.