A senior leader of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Hero Ibrahim Ahmed, became the first woman to receive an award by global peace association Assisi Pax International.
The official media of Ahmed’s party, PUK Media, reported on Sunday that the prize was awarded to her at Sulaimani’s Mar Yousif church, where she urged for charity and donations to be given to people in crisis.
The global peace association praised Ahmed for the “charity work and assistance” she has provided to displaced people and people in dire need in the region, NRT reported.
The Deputy Secretary of Assisi Pax International awarded Ahmed the peace and charity prize, and expressed his congrats to her. “This is the 20th prize given, but Ahmed is the first woman to receive the prize.”
“We are calling for peace. Sometimes peace is in need of struggle first – the way the Kurds are fighting and struggling for peace,” he added.
Assisi Pax International is a 20-year-old peace association which was founded in St Francis’s native land of Assisi.
Former Vatican Pope Benedict and the last leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev have been given the association’s prizes.