Iraq Genocide Chase Green May 26, 2011 World History, Period 7 Issue • Took place in Halabja, Iraq. • Started in 1987. • Saddam Hussein led genocide against the Kurdish people. – Kurds are Iranian people native to the Middle East. • Executions, evacuations, and torture camps. Map •Halabja, Iraq is located 10 miles west of the Iranian border. •Saddam Hussein obliterated nearly 1,000 Kurdish villages (90% of all Kurd villages). Images Saddam Hussein, Leader of Chemical Ali; Saddam Hussein Iraq Genocide. Cousin and Genocide supporter. Argument –The extent of the crimes and tortures of the Kurdish people inflicted under the reign of Saddam Hussein were inhumane and unjust. Supporting Ideas • Kurds were tortured in camps, chambers, acid pools, and by branding. – Branding is a method of sending electrical currents through a humans body while they’re nailed to a wall. • Evacuations and executions of homes by Saddam Hussein’s soldiers. • Halabja was the victim of one of the worlds worst chemical attacks on March 16, 1988. – 30,000 Kurds lost their lives. Facts • Took 11 months to obliterate 90% of the Kurdish towns. • Kurdish people were unaware unprotected. • Occurred earliest in 1961 with reign of Ba’th Party. • 1.5 million forced into camps. • Death toll is unknown. Quiz Questions • Who was the leader of this Genocide? • What were a few of the torture methods? • What ethnic group was targeted?
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