PM Barzani Marks 36th Anniversary of Saddam Hussein's Chemical Attacks on Kurdish Villages
In a statement released on Sunday, Masrour Barzani, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan Regional Government, marked the 36th anniversary of the massacre of hundreds of Kurds by Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons. The attacks on the villages of Balisan, Shekh Wasanan, and the Valley of Khoshnawaty, which took place on April 16, 1987, were a focal point of the genocide that took place under Saddam's regime.
The Prime Minister's statement expressed grief for the lives lost and families destroyed by the attacks, stating that the memory of the massacre will never be forgotten. He also emphasized the importance of honoring the memory of those who were killed, highlighting the enduring impact of the attacks on the Kurdish community.
The attacks on Balisan, Shekh Wasanan, and the Valley of Khoshnawaty remain some of the most devastating incidents of chemical warfare in modern history. It is estimated that hundreds of people were killed and thousands were injured as a result of the attacks. The use of chemical weapons on civilians is widely considered a violation of international law and human rights.
The Prime Minister's statement serves as a reminder of the ongoing impact of the attacks on the Kurdish community and the world at large. As we continue to reflect on the events of that day, it is important to honor the memory of those who were killed and to work towards a world where such atrocities can never happen again.
Today marks the day 36 years ago that hundreds of Kurds were slain by Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons.— Masrour Barzani (@masrourbarzani) April 16, 2023
The massacre was a focal point of the genocide. It will never be forgotten.
We grieve the lives lost and families destroyed. We honor their memory. pic.twitter.com/LaoZ0Ilxig