Halabja genocide marked in Sydney's West

Vigil in Parramatta mall to mark the Halabja genocide.

On the 28th anniversary of the Halabja genocide, about 120 people held a candlelight vigil in Sydney's Parramatta Mall. The vigil was organised by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society.

The massacre was carried out against the Kurdish people on March 16, 1988, in the closing days of the Iran–Iraq War in the Kurdish-dominated city of Halabja in Southern Kurdistan (Iraq).

The attack took place as thousands of Kurds were fleeing attacks by the Saddam Hussein regime.

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