By Maydaa Abo El-Nadar
The KDP’s office in Cairo, headed by Sherko Habib, celebrated the Kurdish Press Day. The Iraqi Federal Republic Ambassador to Egypt Ahmed Naif Al Delimy was amongst the attendees.
Worth noting is that the first Kurdish newspaper was established in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, by Mokdad Medhat Badrakhan, in 1898.
The newspaper, titled Kurdistan, was being issued in the Kurdish language (North Kurdish dialect called Kurmanji) and was the current Kurdish press’ cornerstone. It was the first gate through which the world crossed to the Kurdish language and culture.
Egypt hosted the Badrakhans family
In this regard, Habib said, “Egypt opened its arms to a Kurdish family that was banned from writing by its own language on its nation’s soil.
“We are here, not only to celebrate the Kurdish Press Day but also the 121 anniversary of publishing the first Kurdish newspaper, the 60 anniversary of publishing the KDP’s newspaper Khah Bat, and the second anniversary of founding the KDP’s office in Egypt.”
On this occasion, several journalists and press organizations were awarded the Kurdish press’ shield.
Highlighting the role of the Egyptian, Iraqi, and Kurdish press, Al Delimy expressed, “Press played a vital role to defend the people’s rights and liberties. Throughout history, the press created a strong connection between nations.”
“The Kurds in Egypt” a book describing the Kurds’ influence on the Egyptian history and culture
For whom interested to know more about Kurdish topics, a book called “The Kurds in Egypt” was available for the attendees.
The book, written by Doria Awni, Mahmoud Zayed, and Mostafa Awad, shows how Egypt warmly absorbed the nationalities resorting on its soil.
This concept was applied to the Kurds who have been arriving in Egypt, starting from ancient times, moving into the Ayyubid and Mameluk Sultanates, Ottoman Empire, the era of Mohamed Aly Pasha and his descendants, and till nowadays.