Monday, 14 March 2011

Kurds in Burton will remember Saddam Hussein massacre

Thousands of Middle-Eastern Kurdish people are expected to visit east Staffordshire for a remembrance event.

A memorial to Kurdish victims of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been erected in Burton-upon-Trent.

Refugee Mohammad Ahmed, a Burton newsagent, proposed the memorial - a tree and marked bench - which is now in the town's Stapenhill Gardens.

Kurds will gather there on 16 March to mark an attack in 1988 in which 5,000 people died.

Saddam Hussein's forces launched the poison-gas attack on the town of Halabia (also: Halabja) in northern Iraq to suppress any separatist moves by the Kurdish population.

It has been condemned as an act of genocide.

Read the full story at BBC News Online Stoke and Staffordshire

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