Students of University of Kurdistan-Hewler paid their respect and tribute to the souls of the victims of Halabja's tragedy on its 24th anniversary by visiting the town and the monument in Halabja.
On 18th March of 1988, the Iraqi regime's warplanes bombarded the town of Halabja, northeast of Suleymania, with chemical and biological weapons. Five thousand innocent children, women and men were killed instantly.
Thousands more were disabled and died in the years after.Over 200 of UKH students took the tour by five large buses in five hours to the town of Halabja.
The students laid bouquet on the grave of martyrs and read the Al-fatiha verse. Afterwards they took tour to inside the monument and saw the pictures of the tragedy, as well as the sculptures and displaying.
"In the monument everyone was amazed and shocked with all the tragic pictures and videos. 5000 names were written on the wall inside the monument" said Huda Sarhang, an access student. Later on Omed Hama Ali, who is one of the survivals of the chemical attack, recalled his story and told UKH students about the conditions and tragedy he had witnessed. "As Omed started talking about his life, he told us who are and what it means to be a Kurd." said Hawar majid, an access student.
"We left the city and our heart was full of sorrow but proud; proud that we have those 5000 innocent angels in heaven" said Huda Sarhang