Two Peshmerga soldiers have been awarded posthumous bachelor’s degrees by Soran University.
Shawqi Omar and Zeravan Akram were enrolled at the university during the war with ISIS. They were in their second year of study when they were killed in battle by the jihadist group.
Shawqi was killed on December 16, 2015 in Khazir, Mosul. Zeravan died on January 21, 2015 in Kobane, northern Syria.
“Today is both a happy and unhappy day,” said Nechirvan Akram, Zeravan’s brother.
“It is an honor for us to receive this posthumous degree given to Zeravan.”
The university’s president said it is small gesture to acknowledge his students’ sacrifices.
“They were ready to put their academic future aside and head to the front lines,” said Muslih Mustafa, president of Soran University.
“If this is how they think and feel, then what we did in giving them these posthumous degrees was the smallest national and moral duty.”