The Red Fort

The Red Fort in Sulaymaniyah served as the northern headquarters of the notorious Iraqi Intelligence Service. Thousands of people, mainly Kurds, were imprisoned, interrogated and tortured here. In 1991 the Kurdish Peshmerga liberated the prison. Its red façade has been preserved, marked with bullet holes and broken windows. Around the buildings are the remains of tanks and other weaponry.

The buildings contain a labyrinth of prison cells. These have been preserved with the original bowls and blankets left by the prisoners, together with drawings they etched into the concrete walls. These drawings depict scenes from outside; mountains, trees, rivers and birds as well as friends and relatives.