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    Kurdish Aspect
    May 31 2009

    While US administration works for reconciliation in Iraq, hundreds of
    Kurds lose their lives to Genocide. Halabja started in 1988 but it
    continues today! - By Ara Alan

    Genocide is an act with intend to eradicate a group of people based on
    some criteria that binds them together such as race, religion,
    ethnicity, believe, class ¦etc. Armenian Genocide was the first
    genocide of the twentieth century while Anfal occurred at the end of
    the century. Holocaust, Rwanda and Kosovo found themselves in
    between. Our very first genocide in twenty-first centuries and our
    most recent shame on humanity takes place in Darfur.

    While children women and men were killed in Darfur; simultaneously in
    Kurdistan, the same is occurring. Kurdish genocide in Iraq continues
    as the US administrations work hard to bring forth Iraqi factions to
    the table of `reconciliation'.

    Kurds in 2009 die daily in cities like Halabja as its genocide
    continues. Kurdish genocide that occurred in 1988 didn't end in 1988,
    nor in 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992¦2001, 2002¦nor in 2009. The
    Kurdish Genocide didn't end even after the Iraqi Army stopped its
    military operation. It continued as Saddam Hussein was charged in
    Iraqi tribunal court with genocide. It continues after the execution
    of Saddam. Kurdish genocide continues until today and into the
    future. It is the only genocide that crosses multi generations layers.

    The deadly cocktail of Chemicals used in 1988 to commit the acts of
    genocide against the Kurds has reacted in a synergistic matter. The
    cocktail acted much stronger than any of its components, cyanide,
    mustered and nerve agent would alone. The cocktail proved to be lethal
    even in small doses.

    The gassing of Halabja and Anfal villages has acted as a mutagen and
    caused the DNA of its victims to change. According to the health
    minister of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) the ratio of patients
    with cancer in the gassed populations is 5:1 when compared to
    non-gassed populations. Many of the little girls exposed to the
    gassing in 1988 today give birth to children with down-syndrome or
    still-birth and they have very high rates of miscarriage and some are
    completely infertile. According to KRG's health minister incident
    cases of breast cancer are much higher. Breast cancer in Kurdistan is
    much more aggressive than in other countries, and it is much more
    likely to kill.

    As result of the gassing many Kurds are dying today. Many are
    paralyzed, handicapped, blinded or bedbound. Many babies from the new
    generation are born with genetic diseases that result in their death
    or a life that is dependent on a medical care which is almost
    non-existent where they are born. Kurdish genocide continues since
    1988 into post Saddam-Iraq and today.

    What has been done to heal the pain or at the very least to stop the
    ongoing genocide in Kurdistan? Most of the gas victims suffer from the
    complications that came with their exposure or the exposure of their
    parents. Psychological affect of the ordeal such as loosing most of
    their families, isolation in the community because of their
    infertility, disfigurement ¦etc are among the least of the problems
    that Kurdish victims of genocide are faced with. These victims are
    plagued with genetic diseases and cancer; there is a lack of adequate
    basic healthcare and hospital close/affordable to Halabja and Anfal

    The Iraqi government has not put forth any initiative not only to heal
    those affected but to ensure adequate health facilities are available
    to slow down the ongoing genocide that is continuing in Kurdistan.

    Without taking serious steps toward ending of the genocide in
    Kurdistan reconciliation is nothing more than a euphemism. Iraqi
    government is responsible for the actions taken in its name by Saddam
    Hussein. According to International law a new government inherits the
    assets and responsibilities of its previous governments. As it was the
    case with Germany and the victims of the holocaust.

    Iraq must take serious steps in apologizing for what they have carried
    out in Kurdistan. Their apologies should not end with words but it
    should be reflected in serious efforts toward ending of the genocide
    in Kurdistan. There has yet been an effort by the Iraqi government to
    open special hospitals in the affected area. They must dedicate a
    percentage of Iraq's revenue to provide adequate aid for those still
    suffering. They must also work on cleaning the environmental affect
    of chemical gas in soil and water tables of Kurdistan. True
    reconciliation is done with good intension and it is reflected in
    action not with colorful euphemism.

    For the sake of stability and tangible results in Iraq; US
    administration should work on promoting true reconciliation among its
    factions. Serious efforts must be taken to help stop the continuation
    of genocide in Kurdistan. AA.html