Iraqi Kurdish Kids Commemorate 21st Anniv. of Halabja Gas Attack (Photo)

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Why would adults force children to reenact a gas attack and experience such a horrific scene of slaughter? To what end?

Iraqi Kurdish children performed during a ceremony commemorating the 21st anniversary gas attack on Halabja, by Saddam Hussein’s government, 160 miles northeast of Baghdad. Some 5,600 people were killed when Mr. Hussein ordered the attack in Halabja in an attempt to crush a Kurdish rebellion in the north.

Photo: Yahya Ahmed/Associated Press

via Pictures of the Day, March 16 – The New York Times > > Slide Show > Slide 8 of 13.

{hat tip Lyra K.}

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