A photo exhibition depicting Canada’s contribution to Kuwait’s liberation was held recently at the Ahmad Al Adwani Art Gallery in Dahiyat Abdulla Al Salem area. Showcasing Canada’s contribution to Kuwait’s Liberation and Recovery, the exhibit was held in coordination with the National Council for Culture Arts and Letters and was held under the patronage of the Minister of Information Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Hamoud Al-Sabah.
Canada’s Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Martine Moreau said the photos on display portrayed Canada’s contribution to the global community response to Kuwait’s plight – having been invaded by the forces of Saddam Hussein, as well as the aftermath of their withdrawal. “Around this room you will see a number of paintings from Canadian artist Zuber, which were graciously loaned by Canada War Museum in Ottawa, along with various photographs depicting the efforts of both Canadian Armed Forces and civilians in supporting Kuwait’s liberation and recovery 25 years ago,” she said.
The guest speakers for the evening included Rear-Admiral Ken Summers (Retired), Commander of the Canadian Task Force during the 1st Gulf War and Dr. Richard Gimblett, Navy Command Historian, Department of National Defence and Ali Hussain Asad Taqi (Retired), Emergency Response Coordinator at KOC. Rear-Admiral Summers who led the Canadian military contingent during the liberation had first-hand view of the destruction that had taken place during the 7-month occupation and had some very interesting stories to share about the Liberation.
The Canadians were part of the largest coalition forces ever to take part in the liberation of Kuwait and provided air, navy and ground forces, including medical and firefighting teams.