Sunday, the Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs in the Kurdistan Regional Government has completed all preparations to receive the remains of 171 martyrs whose remains were exhumed from the Sheikhiya mass grave in the Samawah desert- Muthanna Governorate, Ministry spokesman said.
"The Department of Forensic Medicine in the capital Baghdad has informed the Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs that DNA examination has been completed for the remains of 171 martyrs whose remains have been exhumed from the Sheikhiya mass grave by the joint teams of the Federal Martyrs Foundation and the Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs,"Fuad Othman, spokesman for the Ministry of Martyrs and Anfal Affairs, told PUKmedia.
He added that the ministry has formed a special committee to prepare mass ceremonies for receiving the remains of the martyrs in the Kurdistan Region.
"All of the 171 martyrs are victims of the Anfal operations, who were brutally killed and buried in mass graves by the former regime forces in the Sheikiya area in the Samawah desert-Muthanna Governorate," Mr. Fuad said
Pointing out that "the majority of the victims are women and children, and their pure remains show traces Gun shots."
Fouad Othman explained that the martyrs include 74 children, and 97 women.
In July of 2019, the unearthing of the first mass grave began in the outskirts of Samawah city- Muthanna Governorate in southern Iraq.
Between 1986 and 1989, the former Baath regime carried out a genocide campaign against the Kurds, where nearly 182,000 Kurds were killed in an operation led by the infamous Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as “Chemical Ali.”
Many Kurds, including women and children, were forcefully displaced and transferred to camps in southern Iraq where the government eventually killed them and buried them in mass graves in the desert areas, many of them were buried alive.