Commemorating the 16th of March (Halabja
By Baqi Barzani, a longtime contributing writer for ekurd.net
With the advent of every 16th of March, the
staggering memories of “Halabja” are once again
revivified in the minds and hearts of every Kurdish
compatriot. Once again, it is reminiscent of those
gloomy days that our innocent people became the
victims of artful global politics. The muteness and
hypocrisy of global philanthropist community against
such horrendous, inexpressible crimes in that era is
even more agonizing to imagine.
Time has changed.
From deception to extinction, Halabja has now gained
legitimate, universal genocide recognition status;
its memorial ceremony is held all over the world and
special monuments have been constructed in its honor.
After 22 years, most of the senior Baath officials
involved in committing this crime have been brought
to justice and prosecuted. Kurds have made more
allies than ever and the terms such as “Halabja,
Kurdistan, and Kurdish chronicle” are almost made
acquainted to every citizen in every corner of this
In previous years, the masses of Halabja voiced
their discontent about the living conditions,
infrastructure and poor basic services through
Up to date, the heroic people of Halabja are still
offering sacrifices and tolerating the deficiency of
water and electricity supplies, destitution, unpaved
and the crippling inflation. Just commemorating
Halabja event every year does not suffice. The most
deserving Halabja citizens of Kurdistan must be
treated with special status and dignity and their
demands must be met to ensure their welfare and
well-being, especially after what they have been
through for decades. Kurdistan owes to the valor,
heroism and bravery of Halabja people.
Following are some propositions to further raise
public awareness about Halabja genocide both
nationally and internationally:
1- Establish more monuments in its honor both in
Kurdistan and abroad and produce more documentary
evidence in major foreign languages to propagate
Halabja cause and inform others about the precise
magnitude of this peerless tragedy, especially from
2- Set up an independent monitory commission to
oversee the plight of Halbja residents.
3- Seek UN assistance in prompting Baghdad to
implement the recompense plan.
4- Organize fund-raising campaigns for Halabja
victims both in a national and international level.
5- Urge different foreign institutions to invite
Halabja victims to speak on this subject and
broadcast on national TV.
6- Find art galleries, museums or any other such
centers to host Halabja photo exhibition.
7- Make the government in Bagdad and international
donors aware of the needs of Halabja citizens.
8- Write in foreign press in an attempt to
internationalize its commemoration resembling other
major world events.
9- Come up with ideas of your own and how we can be
of more assistance to them.
Thank you for your consistent patronage and
sympathies with the citizens of Halabja.
Baqi Barzani is a
Kurdish citizen of Sought Kurdistan [Iraq]. He
advocates the notion of " establishing an
independent Kurdish state". He contributes to
various Kurdish media outlets, especially ekurd.net.
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