Photographic exhibition for Mulla Mustafa Barzani concludes in Beirut16/07/2012 19:27
BEIRUT, July 16 (AKnews) - The photographic exhibition of the historic Kurdish commander, Mullah Mustafa Barzani, concluded on Monday after being open for three days in the Monroe hotel in Beirut.
The exhibition included more than 110 photographs taken by French photographer Francois Lavate who lived with Mullah Mustafa in several stages of his life and in different places in addition to the documentary film that dates back to 1963. The exhibition was organized by the Kurdish Lebanese Charity Assembly and Zhanar company for investment based in Erbil.
The main organizer Fuad Ismail, a Kurd born and resident in Canada, said: "The selection of Beirut came because Mullah Mustafa chose Beirut as the station to establish his party which is the Democratic Party of Kurdistan.
"The objective of the exhibition is to strengthen the Kurdish-Lebanese brotherhood and to inform the Lebanese people about the Kurds through the historic leader Mullah Mustafa," praising the Lebanese interaction and attendance and the support of the Lebanese government for the exhibition, pointing out that "many Lebanese people are getting informed about the Kurds through their investment in the Kurdistan Region."
French photographer Francois Lavate said that the exhibition presents a critical period when France occupied Algeria and the Arabs and Abdul Nasser humiliated France daily, speaking about an Arab occupation for the Kurds, adding that everyone had a problem in talking about the Kurdish issue due to the lack of information about the Kurds.
About what was discovered by studying the Kurdish community he said: "I am a French citizen and my culture does not distinguish between color and race, and the French people are contrary to the Arab that have racism and not only towards the Kurds. We cannot say this about all people because everyone in this world is different from the other, but we can say that the Arabs are somehow adopting non-opened culture."
He predicted that the future of the Kurds will be bright adding that: "Predicting the future of the Kurds is very easy and we can therefore look forward to what happened in Turkey to see the future of the Kurds. If the number of Kurd was little tens of years ago, today we can see a demographic change where the Kurdish population living in rural areas are having from six to seven children, while the Turkish residents in the city are having only two. Since Turkey is a democratic country, the Kurd can achieve major changes through elections."
In turn, Omid said, a visitor from Duhok said the exhibition showed an immortal Kurdish great leader who fought in the mountains for the case of his people.
While Mohammed Fakhro, a Lebanese Kurdish citizen expressed his great joy for getting informed about a personality that makes him feel proud for being a Kurd, although he did not visit Kurdistan and do not speak the Kurdish language.
By Mahmoud Fakih