On 12 October 2012, in the Sharazur District of Iraqi Kurdistan, twelfth grade
student Dana Jamal decided to skip his sports class to study for his upcoming
exam. In earlier years, the school planners decided that schoolyard trees were
not necessary, leaving students to seek the shade of an eight-foot high stone
wall. The government authorities decided not to listen to voices calling for
repairs to dilapidated school buildings. Dana paid the price when the boundary
wall fell on him as he intently read his book.
|One of Dana Jamal's fellow students tells|
about the day he died
In 1988, Saddam Hussein ordered many new construction
projects in the Kurdish region, including Halabjai Taza, or â€śNew Halabjaâ€ť to prove
to the international community that the reports of chemical bombing were
greatly exaggerated. Now, the school buildings that he had ordered to be built
in a hurry are cracking and falling apart.
For the past year, Danaâ€™s family has pleaded for someone to take some
responsibility for the tragic accident. However, everyone refuses to do so and blames
others. The Ministry of Education
is currently appealing the courtâ€™s decision that holds it responsible.