My brother gave his eye for Barzani


Ambassador Tariq Aqrawi recounts the story of how his brother Zeki Akreyi lost his eye protecting General Mulla Mustafa Barzani: in 1971, Saddam Hussein rigged several religious clerics with explosives in one of the more elaborate and bizarre assassination attempts on the Kurdish leader. Many guards and associates lost their lives, and the failed attempt was part of the reason for the breakdown of the peace agreement between Barzani and the Baathist government signed one year earlier.

Storyteller: Tariq Aqrawi

Date of Story: September 1971
Location of Story: Haji Omran, Kurdistan
Location: Vienna, Austria
Date: 31 January, 2016