Plight of the Kurdish people

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6958.875c (Published 01 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:875
  1. R Amin
  1. Department od Psychological Medicine, Barnsley District General Hospital, Barnsley S75 2EP.

    EDITOR, - C M Milroy's Personal View was too familiar to doctors like me who grew up in Iraqi Kurdistan under the regime of Saddam Hussein.1

    In 1983 around 8000 Barzani men and women were arrested in the resettlement of Qushtapa near Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. To date their fate is still unknown, but most people believe that they are dead. Although there was an international outcry after Saddam's use of chemical weapons against Kurdish civilians in Halabja in 1988, the Baghdad regime had attacked the valley of Balistan near Erbil with chemical weapons for the first time in March 1987. It marked the beginning of …

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