|Kurdish Cultural Showcase Raises Funds for Halabja Playground Project|
KHRP and Spring Projects co-hosted an evening of Kurdish culture on 11 June to raise funds and support for the Halabja Community Play Project, launched by photographer Tom Carrigan. The scheme will allow local children to design and construct their own playground in the town in Kurdistan, Iraq, which suffered appalling chemical attacks in 1988.
Addressing those in attendance, KHRP Executive Director Kerim Yıldız thanked Spring Studios for hosting the evening and the Delfina Foundation for its support, and introduced Tom Carrigan, a long-time friend of the organisation.
Tom described the lack of facilities for children in Halabja and outlined the philosophy of the playground scheme, which is designed to give children a strong feeling of ownership over the project. He spoke of the enthusiasm of children and others in the local community, and how this had developed in the course of play sessions and the early stages of building work in March and April. Steps planned for the coming months include sinking a well on the land, raising further funds, planting trees, landscaping the site, and building adaptable, bespoke play equipment.
‘KHRP is delighted to have the opportunity to support such a creative and innovative scheme,’ said Kerim Yıldız. ‘More than 20 years after the traumatic events of the late 1980s, Halabja remains neglected. Its children deserve this chance to play a lead role in this exciting project.’