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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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IBN: New Chinese Cement Factory for Sulaymaniyah h…

IBN: New Chinese Cement Factory for Sulaymaniyah

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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 (, 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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Displaced Christians Seek New Identities in Baghdad

Displaced Christians Seek New Identities in Baghdad

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Iraq’s Displaced Christians Seek New Identities in Baghdad

Many members of Iraq’s Christian minority who fled Mosul have more to worry about than just finding a roof to put over their heads. Often they also need to renew the identity papers and other official documents they left behind. Critics say this process, which usually entails travelling to Baghdad, is still too expensive and complex.

After the extremist organisation known as the Islamic State entered Mosul in early June, it took them several weeks to reveal their true intentions towards religious minorities in the area.

In mid-July, a message from the group was read out at mosques around the northern city of Mosul, which is also the capital of the province of Ninawa. The Islamic State, or IS, group gave the Christians in the town, three choices: Paying them a tax, converting to their version of Islam or death.

The leaders of the Christian community didn’t trust the IS fighters so they and almost all other Christians left the city. And in doing so, many of them left behind almost everything they owned.

Samir Abdul-Samad, one of the Christians who left Mosul, told NIQASH that he left well before the midday-Saturday deadline. But he says he was in such a panic that he and his family left behind some of their official documents. After spending several days in one of the refugee camps set up in nearby Iraqi Kurdistan Abdul-Samad and his family were forced to travel to Baghdad to one of the special offices set up for internally displaced people to get new papers issued.

It’s a common tale. In November the International Organization for Migration, an inter-governmental organization working in the field of migration, estimated that the number of displaced throughout Iraq was coming close to 2 million and that Iraqi Kurdistan was hosting almost half of these, around 47 percent. Many of these individuals left their homes with only the clothes on their backs and many now require new documents in order to claim, not just their identities, but various social welfare services.

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Kurdistan’s Battered Women

Kurdistan’s Battered Women

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Kurdistan’s Battered Women: Out Of Shelters, Into Danger And Honour Killings

When a woman leaves a shelter for battered women in Iraqi Kurdistan, her family often has to sign a pledge guaranteeing the woman’s safety. This is because of the prevalence of honour killings in the region. But apparently the pledges, signed before a judge, are not working. So women’s rights activists are demanding a change in the law.

Rules about the shelters for abused women in the northern province of Iraqi Kurdistan say that any woman who has sought shelter there should never go back to her family unless the relatives sign a pledge, before a judge, guaranteeing her ongoing safety.

But somehow these pledges and rules do not seem to be making any difference, local women’s rights activists say. Women who seek shelter because they are in danger are going back to their families and facing that danger once again.

Police statements in Erbil show examples of this. For example, between the end of February and mid-March this year two women were killed by their families. One was murdered three days after she left the shelter and the other two days after she returned home. According to the information gathered by the government-run General Directorate to Combat Violence Against Women in Sulaymaniyah, 218 women have sought help from them since the beginning of this year up until November 15.

But only 25 people actually remained in the shelter, and among them, nine were children. This indicates that most women do leave the shelter again and return home.

“During the last few years we have been giving priority to the desires of the women to leave the shelter and return home,” Korda Omar, who heads the General Directorate to Combat Violence Against Women, told NIQASH. “However since a number of the women who left the shelters have been killed, investigators into domestic violence cases now have to prove that the woman will not be harmed if she goes home.”

“The pledge families have to make is not enough to stop them killing their daughters,” Omar admitted, “especially if it is a case of honour.”

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