The Kurdistan Memory Programme

Researchers and film crews from the KMP operate across Iraqi Kurdistan and also outside the region. They apply the highest editorial standards to establish an authoritative and accessible record of modern Kurdish history.

This work is important. During Saddam Hussein’s persecution of the Kurds, which culminated in the Anfal military campaign of 1988, up to 182,000 people died and more than 4,000 villages were cleared and destroyed.

It is only now that the genocidal scope of Saddam’s Anfal and its impact on Kurdish lives is becoming clear. By documenting these events, the KMP is creating a definitive resource on the history of the Kurds, and producing innovative multimedia to make this history accessible to everyone.

Our teams travel throughout Kurdistan to record the accounts of survivors of executions, gas attacks, deportation, flight and imprisonment. These video testimonies form the basis of a remarkable collection – a living tribute to Kurdish struggle and survival that has unparalleled exhibition and research potential.

National tragedy has changed life in Kurdistan irrevocably, defining the history of the region. The Kurdistan Memory Programme is preserving this heritage as an interactive, multimedia record, so that future generations can understand how their lives have been shaped by events of the past.

‘The next generation do not know about it. I talk to them, but it is not like a film. If I tell them it may not stick, this way is more permanent.’
Najiba Ahmad Hakeem, Kanitu Village