mardi 23 décembre 2008

Letter to the President of the Iraqi Red Crescent

To: Dr. Said I. HAKKI, President of the Iraqi Red Crescent
cc: Dr. Jamal Nassir AL KARBOULI, Vice-President
Mr. Mazin A. SALLOUM, Secretary General
Mr. Obaid Ameen AHMED, Head of International Department


Dear Dr. Said Al-Hakki,

I am astonished to see that the three languages which are mentioned and used on Iraqi Red Crescent website are “ARABIC, KURDISH and FARSI”, because as far as I know, the three main languages of Iraq are: ARABIC, KURDISH AND TURKISH.

As you claim that IRC is working across all 18 provinces of Iraq it is surprising that you omit to mention the TURKISH language, given that Turkmens constitute Iraq’s third main ethnic community (representing 12% of the Iraqi population), while you mention FARSI, a language which is spoken in Iran.

If the IRAQI Red Crescent’s mission and duty is to help all Iraqis, surely this must be reflected on IRC website where, for the sake of fairness and justice, TURKISH, the language of your Turkmen compatriots, should be used as commonly as ARABIC and KURDISH.

Yours truly,

Merry Fitzgerald
Committee for the Defence of the Iraqi Turkmens’ Rights

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