KRG and busi­ness­man seek sold An­fal girls

“I am one of the vic­tims of the An­fal process,” a sold girl says

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

The Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment’s (KRG) Min­istry of Mar­tyrs and An­fal Af­fairs has re­cently an­nounced that a Kur­dish busi­ness­man is try­ing to as­cer­tain the fate of 18 Kur­dish girls who were sold to Egyp­tian night­clubs dur­ing the An­fal process in the nine­teen eight­ies. The busi­ness­man says he has tracked down in­for­ma­tion on five such girls.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment pub­lished by the min­istry, Rushdi Saeed, the busi­ness­man in ques­tion, made a call to the min­is­ter of Mar­tyrs and An­fal Af­fairs and said “I have so far col­lected in­for­ma­tion about five of the sold An­fal girls. I have men­tioned their names in a let­ter I sent to you pre­vi­ously. There are some in­di­ca­tions that more in­for­ma­tion on the case will come to light.”

“Saeed will hand over the doc­u­ments in his pos­ses­sion to the min­istry, and af­ter tak­ing the req­ui­site ad­min­is­tra­tive and le­gal pro­ce­dures, the min­istry will hold a joint press con­fer­ence in or­der to make the in­for­ma­tion gained pub­lic,” the min­istry’s state­ment reads.

A few weeks ago, Sharq al-Awsat news­pa­per re­ported that a short video film of one of the Kur­dish girls is ex­pected to be sent to the KRG.

The news­pa­per also re­ported that Saeed contact- ed the min­is­ter from Egypt and passed the phone to one of the girls who spoke to the min­is­ter. The girl said that she is one of the vic­tims of the An­fal process. In ad­di­tion, she said that sev­eral other girls were also vic­tims of the same process.

Fol­low­ing the news, Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani is­sued an or­der ask­ing the rel­e­vant par­ties to form an in­ves­tiga­tive com­mit­tee to look into the case of the sold An­fal girls. The com­mit­tee has so far held sev­eral meet­ings about the girls’ fate.

The case has been tabled once again af­ter the Ara­bic MBC satel­lite tele­vi­sion chan­nel aired a drama in which two men sup­posed to be from Egypt’s in­tel­li­gence forces talked about the 18 Kur­dish girls.

Fol­low­ing the US-led in­va­sion of Iraq in 2003, Kur­dish me­dia out­lets pub­lished sev­eral docu- ments found in the Kirkuk in­tel­li­gence of­fice. The doc­u­ments were highly se­cret and ad­dressed to Iraq’s cen­tral in­tel­li­gence bu­reau. “Dur­ing the first and sec­ond An­fal process, a group of Kur­dish girls aged 12-29 were ar­rested and have al­ready been sent to night­clubs in the Repub­lic of Egypt,” one of the se­cret doc­u­ments reads.

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