Halabja residents protest against lack of services on anniversary of chemical bombardment

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Dozens of residents in Halabja protested on Wednesday against a lack of services on the occasion of the Halabja chemical bombardment’s anniversary.

Part of the governorate’s residents protested against a lack of services and issues that have yet to be resolved.

They called on the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to provide services to their governorate.

Today marks the 34th anniversary of the Halabja chemical bombardment by the Ba’ath regime.

Around 5,000 people, mostly women and children, were killed when the former regime of Saddam Hussein unleashed a cocktail of deadly gas on Halabja on March 16, 1988.

The genocide was one of many horrific crimes committed by the Baath regime under Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship against the Kurdistan Region’s people.

The Halabja victims were among some 180,000 people killed during the regime’s “Anfal campaign” against the Kurds.

The attack still haunts Halabja as its residents, now estimated at around 200,000, still fight for justice, care for the ill and hunt for missing relatives.

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