Kurdish activists in the UK on Tuesday commemorated the 33rd anniversary of the horrendous and horrifying chemical bombing of the city of Halabja by the fallen Iraqi Baath regime.
Jihad Hawrami, a Kurdish activist in the UK, told PUKmedia: "In the anniversary of the chemical bombing of the city of Halabja, we commemorated the 33rd anniversary of the tragedy of the city in Glasgow city an in front of the Halabja tree in Queen's Park."
He added: "During the ceremony, we put wreaths of flowers before the Halabja tree and read a statement on the occasion and showed photos of the crime to passersby of the park."
"The whole world must see that crime to prevent such events from repetition," he said.
On March 16, 1988, the city of Halabja was subjected to the most heinous crime against humanity, which is the bombing of the city with chemical weapons by the fallen Iraqi Baath regime. Over 5,000 innocent people were martyred as a result of this crime, including women, the elderly, and children, and more than 10,000 were injured.
What this martyred city was subjected to is a crime that humanity condemns. On March 16, 1988, tears have fallen from the most beautiful innocent eyes who had suffocated from the poisonous gas that was poured on the city resulting in the death of thousands of Kurds and the injury of thousands more. The aftermath of the tragedy was even worse than the first day of it, as the incident caused many diseases in the people of the city for many years that followed.
The crime began a few minutes before eleven o'clock in the morning when the innocent people of the city were astonished by a miserable death, and their simple dreams went into the yellow wind when four warplanes spread destruction and death that smelled like apples, for the people to inhale it quickly, as the planes rose by an order from the then commander of the Iraqi armed forces and the president of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. The crime was executed by the criminal Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as Chemical Ali, who bombed the city with lethal weapons consisting of mustard and cyanide gas to end the lives of thousands of civilians and commit the most terrible humanitarian catastrophe.
Soon after, the city was covered with the bodies of the martyrs. Sprawled on the floor, families embraced each other. The women had their babies in their arms when they were caught by surprise with a terrible death. The children's faces, free of suspicion, were darkened by the poisonous gases.
Reported by Kosar Mahmud