‘Les Misérables staged for the first time in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion

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Les Misérables, which was writ­ten by Vic­tor Hugo in 1862, is one of the most cel­e­brated nov­els of the nine­teenth cen­tury. The novel crit­i­cizes so­cial tyranny in France, de­pict­ing the lives of a num­ber of char­ac­ters against the back­drop of the Napoleonic wars. The novel fo­cuses on a pris­oner called Jan Val­jan and his suf­fer­ings in jail. The novel shows the na­ture of good, evil, law, re­li­gion, jus­tice, ro­mance and love. As Hugo writes: “So long as there shall ex­ist, by rea­son of law and cus­tom, a so­cial con­dem­na­tion, which, in the face of civ­i­liza­tion, ar­ti­fi­cially cre­ates hells on earth, and com­pli­cates a des­tiny that is divine with hu­man fa­tal­ity, so long as the three prob­lems of the age, the degra­da­tion of man by poverty, the ruin of women by star­va­tion, and the dwarf­ing of child­hood by phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual night, are not solved; so long as, in cer­tain re­gions, so­cial as­phyxia shall be pos­si­ble; in other words, and from a yet more ex­tended point of view, so long as ig­no­rance and mis­ery re­main on earth, store like this can­not be use­less''.

Les Misérables has now been staged for the first time in the Kur­dis­tan re­gion and achieved con­sid­er­able. Per­formed at the Duhok Con­fer­ence Hall on Novem­ber 23th be­fore an au­di­ence of 800 and in the pres­ence of Stephane Tel­lier, the of­fi­cial Deputy of the French con­sul and the head of the French In­sti­tute in Er­bil, and Dr. Us­mat, the KRG’s Min­is­ter for Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, the mayor of Duhok, the head of Duhok Univer­sity, and deans and teach­ers from the same in­sti­tu­tion.

The play was per­formed by a group of univer­sity stu­dents from dif­fer­ent col­leges with the sup­port of the Univer­sity of Duhok Gen­eral Direc­torate of Cul­ture and Art. The group's mes­sage was: “Our main pur­pose in stag­ing this play was to show that we can change many things with the power of youth. We have not only per­formed a play; we have com­bined peo­ple from dif­fer­ent back­grounds, and shown how tol­er­ance can build a unique so­ci­ety. With this play, we want to ap­ply our cre­ative ideas to this world. We need noth­ing but sup­port--sup­port from fam­ily, friends, so­ci­ety and of­fi­cials”.

At the end of the play, the Kur­dish flag was raised to mark the end of the play. Af­ter the play fin­ished, Tel­lier con­grat­u­lated all those in­volved and pro­vided ev­ery­one with a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the mu­si­cal plat. He also as­serted that “I have seen Les Misérables staged three times, but this one is the best I have seen. I wish you all the best; the play was amaz­ing”. Mahdi Sl­e­vany, a univer­sity stu­dent and an ac­tor, ex­pressed his hap­pi­ness at the play prov­ing such a suc­cess, adding that “I hope ac­tiv­i­ties like these will im­pact pos­i­tively on the younger gen­er­a­tion”.

Group of stu­dent who par­tic­i­pated in Les Mis­er­ables play.

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