Poland provides Kurdistan with its rich experience in the field of protection of evidence of genocide

Delegation from KRG Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs has just visited Poland. The delegation consisted of employees of the ministry and Directors of Halabja Monument and Peace Museum and Anfal Monument. The visit is the result of many years of efforts made by the KRG Representation in Poland, so that the Kurdish side would benefit from the experience of Poland, and especially the State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, in the protection of evidence of genocide. Delegation from the Ministry was welcomed in Poland by KRG Representative Ziyad Raoof.

Kurdish delegates spent three days in State Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau where they acquainted in details with experience and the way of working in the Museum which was established on the grounds of the biggest former German death camp. During World War II, 1,100 000 people were murdered there.

Upon arrival at the Museum, guests from Kurdistan were welcomed by the management. Then, for the next three days, they held a series of meetings and workshops, among others in the areas of conservation, archiving, storage of evidence of crimes as well as fabrics and objects left by the victims. There were also lectures about management, training of museum guides and educating visitors. Guests from Kurdistan also gave the lecture acquainting Poles with history of Anfal, details of genocide and the problem of protecting the evidence of this crime.

At the end, the Kurdish delegation and museum authorities were thanking each other for a fruitful visit and declared continuing cooperation. The next step is going to be a visit of Polish experts from Auschwitz Museum in Kurdistan. Visit of the Kurdish delegation was organized within the frame of the cooperation agreement between State Museum and KRG Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs signed in 2017.