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Sulaymaniyah Museum Opens its Renovated Halls

Sulaymaniyah Museum Opens its Renovated Halls

The Sulaymaniyah Museum inaugurated a first section of its renovated exhibition halls displaying part of its rare and precious collection of historical objects embedded with ancient scripts.

The “In Writing” exhibition comes as a new milestone in the modernization project of the museum, which was initiated in 2010 with the technical support of UNESCO. The opening was also the occasion for UNESCO to reveal the Museum’s new Master Plan and architectural brief.

Under the auspices of the First Lady of Iraq, H.E. Hero Ibrahim Ahmad, and with the support of UNESCO Office in Iraq, the Sulaymaniyah Museum inaugurated on Thursday 19 March 2013 the exhibition entitled “In Writing: Objects from the collections of the Sulaymaniyah Museum”.

Organized in cooperation with Sulaymaniyah Governorate and the Department of Antiquity of Sulaymaniyah, and displayed on 170m² of renovated museum gallery, this prefiguration exhibition explores the achievements of mankind through objects featuring ancient writings from the Sulaymaniyah museum collections, the second largest in Iraq.

“Through the showcased objects, this exhibition highlights the unique richness of the cultural heritage of the region, including cuneiform masterpieces dating back to the 3rd Millennium BC. The state-of-the-art display of this exhibition creates a new relationship between the public and the museum collection. It is conceived to inspire the modernization not only of the Sulaymaniyah museum, but also of other museums in Iraq”, stated the Director of the UNESCO Office in Iraq Louise Haxthausen.

“After two years of work on upgrading the management and educational approaches of the Sulaymaniyah museum, UNESCO is more than satisfied with the results achieved”, she added, confirming UNESCO commitment to make the Sulaymaniyah Museum “a true regional landmark in the field of museology”. Mrs. Haxthausen also praised the First Lady’s contributions to safeguard Iraq’s cultural heritage, particularly in the Kurdistan region.

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Polluted Waterways could End Agriculture around Sulaymaniyah

Polluted Waterways could End Agriculture around Sulaymaniyah

Once the farms around the city of Sulaymaniyah provided all of the fruit and vegetables locals needed. Now climate change, pollution and illegal dumping in local waterways are forcing farmers out.

“We can no longer grow vegetables here, that time has come to an end,” lamented farmer Mohammed Aziz. “The water is so dirty that we don’t even dare get near it,” the 55-year-old said, pointing toward the Tanjero River, once a chief source of water for farming here.

Aziz used to grow vegetables and other crops but since major amounts of sewage began being discharged into this small river, he and his fellow farmers can no longer benefit from what they describe as once fertile land. The waters of the Tanjero River, which runs southwest of the city of Sulaymaniyah and flow into the Darbandikhan Lake, are now unsuitable for agricultural use.

“In the past, the water was not clean either,” Aziz admits. “But it was good enough and we used it. At that time, not all sewage went into the river. But now all of the sewage goes into the river and the river has become so polluted that farmers are being forced to leave their land and abandon agriculture.”

This has been confirmed by Nature Iraq, an environmental action group with links to United Nations eco-projects, that has initiated a community awareness project, called the Iraq Upper Tigris Waterkeeper Project. Nature Iraq has tested the waters of Tanjero and Darbandikhan Lake (pictured).

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New Chinese Cement Factory for Sulaymaniyah

New Chinese Cement Factory for Sulaymaniyah

Sinoma (Suzhou) Construction Company, a subsidiary of the Chinese Sinoma International Engineering, has signed a $112.5-million deal with Iraq-based investment firm Mass Iraq for the construction of a cement plant.

Both parties will build a cement plant with an annual capacity of 5,300 tons per day in Sulaymaniyah.

The scope of the deal includes the design, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning, trial production and the final examination by standard of the raw material storage to the whole production line.

The project is expected to take two years from the day the contract takes effect.

Sinoma International Engineering is engaged in manufacture and distribution of mechanical equipment, along with engineering and installation of cement production lines. The company operates its businesses in domestic and overseas markets.

(Source: WCN)

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Air Berlin to Start Regular Services to Erbil, Sulaymaniyah

Air Berlin to Start Regular Services to Erbil, Sulaymaniyah

From 6th November 2010 airberlin will be operating one non-stop flight each week from Düsseldorf to Erbil in Northern Iraq.

In addition the airline will also be offering fortnightly flights from Düsseldorf to Sulaymaniyah.

Many of the seats have already been booked by a tour operator.

The flights to Iraq are now available for booking online (airberlin.com), by calling the airline’s Service Centre (tel. 01805–737 800; 0.14 €/min. from a landline, mobile phone charges max. 0.42 €/min.) and in travel agencies.

Tickets to Arbil start at 459 euros including taxes, charges and topbonus miles (exclusive aviation tax) and tickets to Sulaymaniyah start at 509 euros, including taxes, charges and topbonus miles (excluding aviation tax).

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Germany Opens Economic Office in Sulaymaniyah Next Month

Germany’s consul in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Oliver Schnackenberg, announced that a German economic office will be opened in Sulaimaniya next month.

The Governor of Sulaimaniya, Behrouz Mohamed Saleh, discussed the plan, and its role to support and promote business between Germany and the region, during his meeting with Schnackenberg.

He also requested that the German consul facilitate visits by citizens of Iraqi Kurdistan to Germany, by streamlining procedures for granting them visas.

Meanwhile the German consul said that the opening of the office will contribute to supporting German business to work in the region.

They also discussed the intention to open two German schools during the current year, one in Erbil and another in Sulaimaniya, to strengthen the bonds of cultural cooperation between Germany and the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

( Iraq Directory )

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More Lives in Jeopardy as Fighting Expands

More Lives in Jeopardy as Fighting Expands

As a result of the recent widening of the conflict in Iraq, many more people – numbering in the hundreds of thousands – have been affected.

The provinces of Al-Anbar, Ninawa, Salah al-Din, Diyala, and Kirkuk have been under heavy attack, driving more people to abandon their homes to seek shelter in safer areas. This is in addition to the over two million people who had already been displaced since last year. People in these provinces have virtually no access to basic services, and essential supplies reach them only irregularly.

“The displaced people have barely survived the harsh winter,” says Patrick Youssef, the head of the ICRC’s delegation in Iraq. “Going home is not an option for most of them. Those who do, return to badly damaged houses and radically disrupted supplies of water and electricity. Hospitals are either damaged or working at well below their usual capacity. Unexploded munitions are a huge threat: they are strewn all over the areas where fighting is particularly heavy.”

Looming humanitarian needs

The broadening of the conflict to populated areas along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers will create more humanitarian needs. If major cities like Mosul come under fire again, thousands more people will have to flee. Because security conditions are so uncertain, many areas remain out of reach for humanitarian organizations, and large numbers of people will be without help when they need it most.

The ICRC reminds all parties to the conflict to take all precautions necessary to minimize loss of civilian life and damage to property, treat detainees with dignity, facilitate access to health care for everyone, and ensure that the work of medical staff and hospitals proceeds unhindered. Humanitarian workers must be allowed to safely reach people who need help, and all possible measures should be taken to protect people from attacks and displacement.

ICRC activities

Difficulties of access notwithstanding, the ICRC has been striving to assist displaced people throughout Iraq, and the communities hosting them: since the beginning of the year, over 300,000 people have received essential aid. Several relief operations have been carried out across front lines to take food, water, and other basic items to people, and essential medical supplies to the wounded and the sick.

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Iraqi Airways to fly from Manchester

Iraqi Airways to fly from Manchester

By John Lee.

Iraqi Airways  is to fly direct from Manchester Airport, it has been announced.

Starting on Sunday, 15 March 2015, the airline will commence weekly flights to Sulaymaniyah at 22:00, with flights to Erbil departing on Wednesdays at 22:00.

Both routes will be operated by a new Boeing 737-800 with capacity for 162 passengers.

Ken O’Toole, chief commercial officer at Manchester Airports Group, said:

We are pleased to welcome Iraqi Airways to Manchester Airport and further increase the options and choice for passengers travelling to and from the Middle East.

“Manchester is now the only airport outside of London to offer these routes with Iraqi Airways.

Saad Al-Khafaji, general manager UK at Iraqi Airways, said:

“We are looking forward to working with everyone at Manchester Airport to offer passengers the opportunity to fly direct to Iraq.”

(Sources: Insider Media, Xinhua)

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