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International Relations Club at AUK Hosts Free Kuwait Campaign

The International Relations Club (IRC) at AUK organized its 3rd Annual Liberation Village Exposium last week in celebration of Kuwait's National and Liberation days. IRC hosted a number of speakers to participate in this 3-day event who shared their experiences and memories of the invasion and narrated their firsthand accounts of those days.

The 3rd Liberation Village Exposium included a variety of attractions and activities for the attendees, such as a gallery that showcased the Free Kuwait Campaign documentary and the iconic "Free Kuwait" jerseys, and lectures about the invasion.

The Free Kuwait gallery is a documentary that features selective events, mainly in London, UK, that took place during the period of the occupation. The documentary included more than 100 chronological pictures, photographed by Adel Al-Yousefi, a photographer for the Free Kuwait Campaign in London. The pictures featured young Kuwaitis who were in London during the time of invasion and the initiatives they were involved in, leading to the liberation of Kuwait.

The main talk on the first day was a diwaniya-style debate entitled "1990-91: Is it Iraqi or Saddam Invasion?", moderated by Dr. George Irani, Associate Professor of International Relations at AUK, and Shahad Al Matrouk, Al Rai TV presenter. Throughout the informal debate, the attendees participated in the discussions and expressed their opinions. Dr. Irani provided an educational perspective after listening to all the opinions, and advised the attendees to forget about the past and move forward, especially the new generation.

The second day of the Liberation Village Exposium featured a lecture entitled "Free Kuwait Movement", hosted four people who were involved in the campaign; Najla Al-Naqi, Lawyer of the State; Othman Al-Khuder, Head of the Psychology Department in Kuwait University; Adel Al-Yousefi, Photographer and Businessman; and Sheikha Rabaa Al-Sabah. They talked about their personal experiences in the Free Kuwait Campaign, and what they witnessed from those who were abroad during the invasion.

"Saher Al-Lail" is a socio-political TV drama that depicted the daily lives of Kuwaitis during the Iraqi invasion period. IRC invited Mohammed Al-Shammari (Director), Fahad Al-Aliwa (Writer), and Abdullah Boushehri (Actor) to give a talk about creating and producing the show.

The speakers talked about the production of Sahar Al-Lail series and the amount of research they had to conduct during the process. They shared with the audience members' memories about their journey and what they had gone through to depict the invasion accurately. According to the crew, it was challenging to create the roles for men, women, and children that highlighted each one's role during the invasion.

Danah Al Bader, IRC President, expressed gratitude to everyone who participated in this event and contributed to its success. "The Free Kuwait Gallery was really incredible. Everyone loved the gallery, they thought it was a great opportunity to see these pictures and pay tribute to those Kuwaitis and their foreign supporters who worked relentlessly to free Kuwait" she said. Noura Al-Khalifa, IRC Secretary, added "The Free Kuwait Gallery was the new addition in this event that we haven't done it before. We wanted to make it [our event] more special, so we incorporated the idea of media and arts" she said.

The Liberation Village Exposium was sponsored by the Kuwait Airways (Main Sponsor), Ali Alghanim and Sons Automotive (Gold Sponsor), StudenTalk (Media Partners) and Prints Advertising (Strategic Partners).

The International Relations Club (IRC) at the American University of Kuwait (AUK) is a unique student organization that welcomes students from all majors. The IRC mission and many of its activities deal with global politics, and are directly linked to the International Relations academic program at AUK. The club works for the benefit of the students and supports their learning program process by providing hands-on experience through the different club activities and initiatives.

Free Kuwait Exhibition

Memories of Liberation Panel Discussion

Saher Al-Lail Panel Discussion

IRC Club Members

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 03 March 2016

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2016

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