SULAYMANIYAH — A Kurdish human rights activist in Sulaymaniyah has put his personal library up for sale in an attempt to raise funds for those affected by the recent earthquake in the Iranian Kurdistan.
He told BasNews in an exclusive interview that he refused to sell the books to a bookstore because he also intended to raise public awareness in Kurdistan Region about individual responsibilities towards their people.
“My books are extremely valuable to me, but I wish to spread a message: that each and every one of us needs to give up on some valuable things for their brothers and sisters in need,” Aram Taha, 50, stated.
He also made it clear that the books are not being sold, but people will pick and choose one of them and donate some money instead. In the first four days of the campaign, Taha raised nearly $800.
On 12th November, a 7.3 richter earthquake hit the Iranian Kurdistan and left hundreds killed and thousands wounded. The quake was also felt in the Kurdistan Region, where the death toll was much lower compared to the neighbouring country.