25 years after Halabja: Remembering the Kurdish genocide in Iraq
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Halabja genocide in Iraq. AKR author Minhaj Akreyi had written this post detailing the tragedy:
The Halabja Genocide killed around 5,000 men, women, children, and elders; injured more than 10,000; thousands still missing; thousands more died later of complications, diseases, and birth defects in the years later. Those residents who survived suffered from a higher percentage of medical disorders such as miscarriages (14 times higher), colon cancer (10 times higher), other cancers, respiratory ailments, skin and eye problems, and fertility and reproductive disorders compared with the rest of the country. The chemical attacks have a lasting genetic impact (which some believe this being the main objective) on the Kurdish population and that is evident through major birth defects in the cities attacked.
Below is a round up of recent news items marking the genocide:
- UNPO: Conference – 25th Anniversary of the Halabja Massacre: Recognition as a Tool to Prevent Genocide
- 25 Years After Worst Chemical-Weapon Massacre In History, Saddam Hussein’s Attack On Halabja in Iraq, The City Is Reborn
- Hundreds of people joined in sombre commemorations for the 25th anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s gassing of thousands of Kurds in the town of Halabja