Halabja Day of Remembrance
Halabja is the site of the 1988 chemical bombings by Saddam Hussein in which
5000 people died in a few minutes.
Thiessen, Van Hooogstraten, and Firla made a trip to the monument and
cemetery in Halabja to prepare for the delegation on the day before Halabjaâ€™s
annual 16 March Remembrance Day.
The organizers of the Suleimaniya demonstrations asked the team to speak
this tragedy from the stage on the day of remembrance. Team members
together on the stage while Obed-Naar read a statement confessing that
many from their countries had not paid attention to the tragedy when it
happened. She read, â€śAnd we carry your voice. We carry all the voices
we have heard
over these last four weeks in this Freedom Square. We carry your voices
out over the artificial borders that
have been imposed on the Kurdish people. We carry your cries for
freedom and justice to the ears of
all who will listen. We hear you
and you are not alone.â€ť TV news
crews filmed the speech, and the team received many comments in later
about this contribution.