Kuwaiti gov’t, private museums house variety of Iraqi invasion items.

Several government and private museums in Kuwait housed variety of items pertaining to the Iraqi invasion and the liberation of Kuwait. From resistance memorabilia to items showing the devastating impact of the invasion and the overflow of joy during liberation, these establishments keep the memory of the era alive and well for future generations.

Speaking to KUNA, head of the Abdullah Abdulatif Al-Othman cultural center Anwar Al-Refaei said that weapons, military uniforms, and more were on display in the Bait Al-Othman museums and accompanying exhibits. He affirmed that the museums curators made it their mission to introduce visitors to the heavy toll the Iraqi invasion had on Kuwait, which not only affected infrastructure of all kinds, it also destroyed lives and that was evident in the huge tally of martyrs slain by Iraqi troops during invasion and after imprisonment in Iraq.

He said that it was paramount for Kuwaitis to remember the lessons from the Iraqi invasion and then liberation of Kuwait, stressing that such lessons would help the country to handle ordeals and challenges of the future. In similar fashion, the Al-Qurain Martyrs Museum displayed the most heroic act during the Iraqi invasion when 12 members of the resistance stood against Iraqi troops, losing their lives for the sake of Kuwait and its people. The Museum’s curator Eman Nasser revealed that the facility put on display the weapons and belongings of the Al-Masila resistance group, which stood against the brutal Iraqi soldiers.

She affirmed that the museum, which was the house where the 12 members of the resistance group met their fate, served as testament for the heroic act for country and people. The mission to document the Iraqi invasion is not a government-driven mission only; Kuwaiti private collectors also contribute to the cause. Yousef Al-A’miri, owner of Kuwait House for National Works Museum, affirmed that his establishment heavily documented the Iraqi invasion of August 2, 1990. He pointed out that efforts of the resistance, protests, martyrdom of Kuwaitis were put up and front for those eager to know about the ordeal of the country.

Al-A’miri also said that there was a section dedicated to the efforts to put down over 700 oil well burned by the Iraqi invaders during their withdrawal from Kuwait before liberation. Meanwhile, founder and general coordinator of the Expo 965 group for traditional exhibitions Mohammad Kamal revealed that he curated a museum filled with memorabilia from the Iraqi invasion and liberation of Kuwait. Documents and currency signed by the long-dead Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein were also on display in the museum in addition to hand written notes of martyred Kuwaitis. He pointed out that he was always eager to provide tours of the facility specially for students and young individuals to remind them of the ordeal and the sacrifices made to overcome the invasion.

Source- Arab Times.

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