Kurds joined Harvest Festival in Armenia

Kurds have taken part for the first time to the Harvest Festival which has been organised since 2014 in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.

The 4th edition of the festival, organized by the civil society organization Green Lane, was held. Many farmers' groups participated in the 2-day festival.

Stands were put up by the Free Women's Union of Armenia (YJA) and the Kurdistan Committee, as well as stands to inform about the defense of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan and the Zagros newspaper published in Armenia.

Silo Dirboyan, co-chair of the Kurdistan Committee, told ANF that they had taken part in such a festival for the first time.

Dirboyan said: "It is very nice to introduce our culture and to get to know different cultures. The stand were the defense books of Kurdish People's Leader Abdullah Öcalan were displayed attracted a great deal of attention."

Lianna Mhoyan, member of the Free Women's Union of Armenia (YJA), said: "This festival aims at bringing together producers and consumers, to establish new relationships between producers and consumers, to improve labor-based diversity and craftsmanship, while at the same time enabling people living in the city to be closer to village life. There are 11 different ethnic peoples living in Armenia. Kurds, Georgians and Assyrians participated to the festival. While the Georgians and Assyrians were presenting their products, as Kurds living in Armenia, we wanted to introduce our culture. Thus we presented our food and folk dance team."

Mirazê Kerem, member of the Kurdistan Committee, said: "This is the first time we have attended such a festival. We thank the Armenian people for giving us such an opportunity. It was Leader Apo and his fighters who introduced the Kurds to the world."