Halabja Memorial Gutted

Stewart Innes Iraq, Kurdistan, Halabja Memorial

The Halabja Memorial, built to commemorate the March 1988 gas attack by the Saddam regime on the town of some 80,000 predominantly Kurdish Iraqis stands burnt and gutted. The memorial was set on fire by angry protestors from Halabja on March 16, 2006, the anniversary of the attack on the town. The protestors were angry that victims of attack have not received compensation despite repeated promises for housing aid and development funds for the town. They accused government officials of forgetting about the people of the town and only visiting the memorial for political reasons once a year on the anniversary of the attack.

Picture shows an Iraqi Kurish soldier at the gutted memorial holding up a photo of a pile of bodies of people killed during the attack.

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