Washington – D.C., USA (kncna.net) – The Kurdish National Congress of North America (KNCNA) mourns the passing of a true Kurdish champion, Dr. Najmaldin Karim. Dr. Karim was one the founding members and president of the Kurdish National Congress of North America (1991-1999). He passed away peacefully on Friday, October 30, 2020.
For decades, Dr. Karim was the vocal cord of the Kurdish cause in Washington D.C.. He worked tirelessly advocating the plight of the Kurds to the US government and media. He has testified on numerous occasions in front of the US Senate and Congress. He has written countless Op-ed articles for the Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times and New York Times to name a few. He founded the Washington Kurdish Institute to be a beacon to shed light on the Kurdish Cause in Washington. He organized numerous conferences in Washington D.C. and invited policy makers, politicians and scholars to discuss and advance the Kurdish cause. He was admired for his courage and conviction; he raised the Kurdistan flag in the government buildings of Kirkuk. He also championed the 2017 Kurdistan independence referendum, and supported Kirkuk taking part in the vote.
Dr. Karim selflessly devoted his entire life to serving the Kurdish nation. He may be gone, but his legacy of accomplishments will live on. He is survived by his wife, four children, and four grandchildren.
KNCNA president and board members extend their sincere condolences to his family. We pray to Almighty to give them strength and comfort as they navigate through this difficult time.
Dr. Ibrahim Salih,