Human Rights: The Cries of the Kurds

The Cries of the Kurds Iraq uses chemical arms against a rebellion

Sefika Ali, 20, a pretty Kurdish woman in a soiled yellow dress, was cooking breakfast for her husband and three children when she heard the sound of aircraft. The Iraqi warplanes started dropping bombs on Butia, the village in northern Iraq where she lived. "I felt something wrong in my eyes, and I started to vomit," she says. "We knew what it must be, so we all drank a lot of milk and then we ran."

The attacks on Butia and other Kurdish villages began three weeks ago, and have prompted fresh denunciations of the government of President Saddam Hussein for...

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