KRG deputy PM and Hikma movement leader discuss compensation of Anfal survivors

KRG Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani (L) meets Head of Hikma Movement Ammar al-Hakim in Baghdad, March 18, 2021.

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani met with the head of Iraq’s Hikma movement to discuss compensation of families of those killed by Baath regime.

Talabani and Taimour, the only Anfal survivor, met with Ammar al-Hakim, head of the Hikma movement, in Baghdad on Thursday, according to a statement released by Talabani’s office.

Taimour Abdulla Ahmed, known as Taimour of Anfal, is one of the survivors of the Anfal campaign carried out by Saddam Hussein’s regime against Kurds in 1980s, killing more than 180,000 people.

Talabani discussed the need for compensating families of those killed in the Anfal campaign and the chemical attack on Halabja, which killed some 5,000 people on March 16, 1988.

“Ammar al-Hakim and the Hikma Movement expressed support for the dossier of compensating survivors of genocide,” Talabani’s office quoted him as saying.

Hakim also called Taimour as the “living martyr”, saying all Iraqi generations should be aware of “this great crime” which the Baath regime carried out against the Kurdish nation.

The KRG deputy premier is expected to hold talks with other Iraqi parties to gain more support for the compensation of families of those killed in the Anfal campaign and Halabja massacre

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