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Former Miss Kurdistan Speaks Out on the Tragic Murder of Doski Azad

In an exclusive interview with Yeksani, Sanna Mahmod, former Miss Kurdistan of 2018, spoke out on the tragic murder of Doski Azad and the need for action to protect the Kurdish LGBT community.


  • Former Miss Kurdistan of 2018, Sanna Mahmod, spoke out in an exclusive interview with Yeksani on the tragic murder of Doski Azad
  • Sanna expressed her deep concern over the case and the need for action to protect the rights of the Kurdish LGBT community
  • She called on the Kurdistan Regional Government to prioritize the safety and rights of the community
  • Sanna urged for more action to be taken to bring the perpetrator to justice and for the Kurdish LGBTQ community to be protected.


As the Justice for Doski Azad campaign continues to gain momentum, Yeksani has been reaching out to influential individuals in Kurdish society to gain their perspectives on the tragic murder of Doski Azad. The 23-year-old woman was brutally killed by her brother, Chakdar Azad, in Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan. Reports indicate that Chakdar has fled the country, with some authorities believing he is hiding in Turkey, while others suspect he may have returned to either Belgium or Germany.

One notable figure who has spoken out in support of the campaign is Sanna Mahmod, the former Miss Kurdistan of 2018. In an exclusive interview with Yeksani, Sanna reiterated her support for the community, and expressed her deep concern over the murder of Doski Azad.

“I was really sad when I heard about Doski’s murder,” Sanna said. “I was happy to see there was a lot of talk about Doski’s case on Kurdish social media, and I want these cases to be talked about more. I am still waiting for the murderer’s arrest, and I want Kurdish politicians to mention her case more.”

When asked about what steps should be taken to prevent similar crimes from occurring in the future, Sanna was clear in her assessment that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has not done enough. “The Kurdish LGBTQ community does not feel safe or protected, and that is what they need—safety!” she said. “I am afraid that the person who should be in prison as the law states will not even be arrested, and justice won’t be met because the KRG does not prioritize these kinds of crimes.”

Sanna also expressed concern that the killer may evade justice by returning to a European country, and called on the KRG to take more decisive action to bring the perpetrator to justice. “We have good security, the KRG is strong, and they have the ability to find and arrest the murderer. They need to prioritize this case! Show the people that they are actually here for us, start acting!”

Sanna’s message to the Kurdish LGBT+ community is one of hope and resilience. “My message to the people of the Kurdish LGBTQ community is to stay strong. There is still a long way to go.” She urged activists to be cautious in their efforts to raise awareness about this sensitive issue, as “our society is still dangerous and violent” to LGBT+ individuals.


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