Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment Speaker hon­ored by Sri Sri

Peace and Co­ex­is­tence award given to Kur­dish Par­lia­ment Speaker by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the chief of Art for Liv­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion

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On Novem­ber 19, 2014, Dr. Yusif Muham­mad Sadiq, the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment Speaker, re­ceived a del­e­ga­tion headed by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the chief of Art for Liv­ing Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

After ex­press­ing his happy feel­ings over the del­e­ga­tion’s visit to Kur­dis­tan, Sadiq told Shankar:“On be­half of Kur­dis­tan peo­ple, I thank you and ap­pre­ci­ate your as­sis­tance and support pro­vided to those peo­ple who have been dis­placed from other parts of Iraq and are now based in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.”

Since the early stages of the ISIS at­tacks Iraq, over 1.5 mil­lion Iraqis have been in­ter­nally dis­placed or forced to flee across bor­ders for their safety. The Art of Liv­ing and the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Hu­man Val­ues team of The Art of Liv­ing has been work­ing to bring re­lief to refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple (IDP). From its base in Er­bil, the team has brought re­lief in the form of food, wa­ter and hy­giene prod­ucts to 5 dif­fer­ent camps, each camp shel­ter­ing 550 Iraqi fam­i­lies. IAHV has reached more than 2,000 fam­i­lies.

On his part, Shankar hoped that dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups in Kur­dis­tan can live to­gether peace­fully and far from ter­ror and ag­gres­sion. Then, he pre­sented a silken scarf to the Kur­dis­tan Par­lia­ment Speaker as a sym­bol for peace and co­ex­is­tence.

Ravi Shankar, com­monly known as Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, was born on 13 May 1956. He is also fre­quently re­ferred to sim­ply as «Sri Sri" (hon­orific) or as Gu­ruji or Gu­rudev. He is a spir­i­tual leader and founder of the Art of Liv­ing Foun­da­tion, which aims to re­lieve in­di­vid­ual stress, so­ci­etal prob­lems, and vi­o­lence. In 1997, he es­tab­lished a Genev­abased char­ity, the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Hu­man Val­ues, an NGO that en­gages in re­lief work and ru­ral de­vel­op­ment and aims to foster shared global val­ues.

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