KRG and businessman seek sold Anfal girls
“I am one of the victims of the Anfal process,” a sold girl says
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.