Banan Hussein Kamil, granddaughter of Saddam Hussein, was awarded best young designer. Photo: Rudaw video
AMMAN, Jordan – A Kurdish Newroz festival in Jordan wrapped up with an award given to a granddaughter of Saddam Hussein who hailed equality among Kurds and Arabs.
“We are all equal,” said Banan Hussein Kamil, daughter of Raghad Saddam Hussein. “There are no differences between us, whether you be a Kurd, Shiite or Sunni. I have two dreams: first, my career, second, I want Iraq to be united and go back to what it was like before,” she told Rudaw.
Kamil, a designer living in Dubai, was awarded the best young designer.
“The most important thing for me is to do something which I enjoy doing. I built this career with love,” she said.
A number of Kurdish, Arabic, and international fashion models showed of Kurdish and other clothing at the Jordanian-Kurdish Qandil organization’s fourth Newroz festival at Al-Ahliyya University in Amman.
“The festival was run very nicely and successfully. Our most important objective was to hold Kurdishness high and show our culture to people here,” Suhad Talabani, head of Qandil organization, told Rudaw.
The famous Jordanian pop star Diana Karazon, whose mother is from Diyarbakir, along with Kurdistan’s Miss Beauty, were among the judge-panelists.
“I am very happy to be here today. I have come with my mother to take part in this sacred day which is the feast of Newroz,” Karazon said.
Renowned Iraqi singer Hatem Al-Iraqi was also present at the event, entertaining audiences with his music.