ALS Ice Bucket Challenge or KRG’s IDP Bucket Challenge?
“Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.”
The above is a paragraph giving a brief description about ALS. The “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” has taken the social media networks by a storm with millions of Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and Instagram users posting videos of pouring ice water on themselves and nominating/challenging others to do the same on a deadline of 24 hours. And once nominated/challenged to do so, the nominees have the choice of donating and doing the Ice Bucket Challenge or just donating. The reason as to why the challenge is through a bucket of ice is to raise awareness about what ASL patients experience on – at most times – a daily basis.
The Kurdish community, like other communities around the world, has also taken part in this initiative. But what makes it interesting inside the Kurdish community is that many of the people taking part in it have changed around the cause to donate for the current IDP’s residing within the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) because of the current ISIS attacks. Kurdish singer, Dashne Murad, along with former Miss Kurdistan, Shene Aziz, have been two of the prominent people taking part in donating to the IDP’s within the KRG through the Ice Bucket Challenge. This has, therefore, changed around the ASL Ice Bucket Challenge to a completely new cause: the KRG’s IDP Bucket Challenge.
By: Azheen Ihsan Fuad