24/4 On the day of the Qaladze bombing
Saddam’s regime started a war against Kurdistan starting in March 1974, after this a number of towns in Kurdistan we brutally attacked via bomber planes. The biggest of these attacks was in Qaladze on 24/4/1974, which also included the University of Slemani which was temporarily located in Qaladze because of the war.
The Qaladze local authority after consulting with all sides decided not to hold a memorial this year for these atrocities, because of the current situation in Kurdistan. However we must not forget that the best memorial for the Qaladze bombing, other atrocities of the time and the blood of our martyrs is unity, reforms, positive change, anti-corruption, media freedoms and providing better services to our people. These will enable us to form a healthy society and implement the separation of government and political parties, because without this we will not be able to make proper progress towards the future.
I hope that the ruling parties and the opposition cooperate and continue dialogue in order to reach these goals, and create a brighter future for the people of Kurdistan, through this we can honour the lives lost in the Qaladze bombing and all the other martyrs of our region.