The winner of the Kurd festival (Kurdgalan) in Sweden (Stockholm arranged by KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government) was Helena Svantesson. She won the award for "Friend of the Kurds 2006".
Helena is a Jewish holocaust survivor that have been working in Kurdistan with Individual Humanhelp and has as a pensioner been working on own basis. She has a centre named after her in Kurdistan and also works with orphan children in Kurdistan. She has survived the death camp in Auschwitz and calls herself a friend of the Kurdish people.