Objective: to transform an article into a talk Saddam Hussein, the president of Iraq from 1979 until 2003, has gained international notoriety for torturing and murdering thousands of his own people, including the large population of Iraqi Kurds in North Iraq. Today there are between 30 and 40 million Kurdish people living in parts of various countries. Consult the map on the following slide and identify which countries are inhabited by Kurdish people. In 1991 Saddam Hussein expelled the Kurdish people from Iraq (following an unsuccessful uprising against the dictatorship of Hussein) Many fled to camps in Turkey. Choose three example of imagery from the text which capture the horror of the ‘non-camp’ for the refugees. 1. 2. 3. Imagery – a line or two of text that create a vivid picture in our mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPRTm5t SS-4 Imagine that you work for the Red Cross and are seeking to raise awareness of the Kurds’ plight. Produce the text of a talk to be given to a women’s group who are looking for a good cause to adopt for their fund raising. Think: how are you going to plan for this task? If you’re interested in finding out more about the status of Kurdish people today and future possibilities of establishing their own independent state, type ‘Noam Chomsky on the Kurds’ into youtube to watch an interesting interview with this famous linguist/activist. The BBC documentary on Abu Ghraib we watched a clip from last lesson is available in full on youtube. It is titled ‘Ghosts of Abu Ghraib’.