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Kurdish Genocide: Remembering Haladja for the Sake of the Future Panel Discussion 

Description:  Survivors of a horrific chemical weapons attack in 1988 on the Iraqi town of Halabja relived the experience at a somber 25th commemoration of the event held at the Columbus School of Law on March 15. Along with the Kurdistan Regional Government Representation to the U.S., the law school hosted the commemoration of the Halabja genocide, which occurred when Iraqi government airplanes under the command of dictator Saddam Hussein dropped chemical weapons on the civilian town as part of a larger effort to exterminate the Kurdish population of Iraq in the 1980s. Among other goals, survivors are asking the United Nations to officially classify the chemical attack as genocide, which carries a distinct legal status and meaning.