- With a renewed push for the displaced Kurds to become an independent state, Ghareeb appealed to Winthrop President Jamie Comstock Williamson to put up the Kurdish banner, not the Iraqi flag, to acknowledge his home region.
- After hearing his impassioned plea, Williamson agreed. The banner – with its red, green and white stripes with a centered yellow sun disk representing the Kurdistan Regional Government - was erected on Alumni Drive a week before Ghareeb’s May 8 graduation.
Winthrop University, "Kurdish Banner Proudly Displayed at Winthrop For Grad" (2014). Winthrop News 2014. 98.