Ms. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman: Kurdistan Regional Government Representative

A Letter from Kurdistan

Ms. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representative, provided background on Kurdistan's history of oppression in Iraq, before addressing more recent developments, including the liberation of Iraq in 2003, defeat of the Islamic State's so-called caliphate, and a decade of growth and international outreach.

Today, the Kurds, a people touched by genocide themselves under Saddam Hussein's dictatorship, continue to open their doors to those fleeing conflict, making Kurdistan a rare safe haven where diversity and religious freedom are celebrated. Watch as we take a deep dive and learn more about this incredible region and its people.