Saddam Hussein’s poison gas attacks on Halabja still claim victims today with locals sick and projects on hold because of contamination. International firms that supplied gas ingredients have never been brought to justice either. A new UK plan could change all that.
Of all the crimes against humanity committed by former Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, the one that many still remember is the poison gas attack on the town of Halabja, in the northern state of Iraqi Kurdistan, in 1988. It resulted in the deaths of an estimated 5,000 civilians and injury to thousands more. And despite the time that has passed since, residents in the town today are still suffering from the ongoing effects of the gas attacks, whether physical, psychological or environmental.
The victims in Halabja were buried in mass graves shortly after the chemical gas attack, during which substances such as mustard gas and the chemical weapons, sarin and tabun, were used... Read more