In recent months, Kurdish peshmerga soldiers have made headlines as critical players in the fight against ISIS. For the Kurds, an ethnic minority group without their own country, this is a familiar role: they’ve grappled with violence and oppression for centuries. However, their story is largely undocumented and often forgotten. To change that, architect Daniel Libeskind and journalist Gwynne Roberts have teamed up with the Kurdish regional government to build a new museum in the city of Erbil, in Northern Iraq. But they’re running up against challenges — namely, war. Producer Meara Sharma has the story.
You can learn more about Gwynne Roberts’ efforts to document Kurdish history through the Kurdistan Memory Programme here.
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