The nation is united in grief for our young journalist

By Mufid Abdulla:

Kawa's mourners on demonstration

Mourners for Kawa

Kawa Germyani has left his mark on the south of Kurdistan in a way that few others have managed to do. His murder has plunged the whole nation into grief, as previously did the killings of Sardasht Osman and Soran Mama Hama.

The life of this brave young journalist can become a model for Kurdistan and for the rest of the world. This was a man of great courage and empathy, who stood up for what he believed in and never retreated. Four years after the murder of Sardasht Osman, the nation has once again witnessed the same criminality. Kurdish politics have always displayed a capacity to shift from a gentle to a violent mode without much warning. That is why this tragedy should be a warning to the two ruling parties to detain and charge the killers soon. Otherwise the mourners’ anger could erupt against the politicians and criminal elements who threatened Kawa Germyani’s life over the past few months.

The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) should not underestimate the rage of the people. In all of the south of Kurdistan –  including  Suli, Kalar, Halabja, Shaklawa, Erbil and Dhok – there are demonstrations and peaceful protests. In every part of the south of Kurdistan, people are gathering and asking  in bewilderment, why was this young man brutally murdered in front of his mother? Kawa did nothing wrong. He just worked hard to unveil all the corrupt forces in his region of Garmyani.

Which way events will turn is unclear and it will probably remain so until after the killers of Kawa have been arrested. Whatever happens then, the deeper problems that helped bring thousands onto the streets of the city of Suli in the last two days will not go away easily. The rift between Kawa’s mourners and the two ruling parties reflects a sharp division in society between two rival camps. Prominent journalists are calling for the setting up peoples’ councils in every town and city of Kurdistan in response to this dreadful crime. It is no wonder that the once-largest party in the region, despite its 35 year history of struggle, managed only third place in the 2013 parliamentary election.

The people have indeed proved their love for their country, even though many will not understand our difficult and conflicted history. Independent TV stations have shown the anger of people and shown the humble house where Kawa and his wife lived. People know the killers of Kawa Germyani. People know the killers of Sardasht Osman. People know the killers of Abdulstar Sharif. The killers of these three writers and journalists are the parties that monopolise the militias and the violence. This nation’s grief is another defeat for the PUK leadership in the Suli area because they are in control of the security apparatus there. This nation is entering into a new phase of struggle, perhaps one never experienced before. The people are united in their grief and united in their demand that the killers of this nation’s son be brought to justice.

Copyright © 2013

One Response to The nation is united in grief for our young journalist
  1. Kuvan Bamarny
    December 10, 2013 | 09:56

    While the role ,job and legal boundaries of an intelligence agency has been constitutionally defined such as collecting ,analyzing and exploiting information in support of law enforcement, national security, defense and foreign policy.Howeversome intelligent agencies step on law and cross their constitutional legal boundaries and have been involved in assassination, arms and human trafficking, coups d’etat, and the placement of misinformation (propaganda) against journalists ,protesters and free voices as well as other covert operations, in order to support their own personal or their governments’ interests.
    Basically they become Mafia under the banner and name of a legal government agncy.A watchdog agency is desperately needed to monitor their illegal activities and bring the perpetrators to the court of justice.

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