Re­turn of the men

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

Dur­ing the last half cen­tury, the oc­cu­py­ing Iraqi Regime car­ried out the pol­icy of geno­cide against peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan. In the eight­ies, the process of ex­ter­mi­na­tion and chang­ing the de­mog­ra­phy of Kur­dis­tan and Ara­biz­ing all the na­tional com­po­nents in Kur­dis­tan reached the peak of its bru­tal­ity, till it reached forced dis­place­ment of peo­ple and de­mol­ish­ing more than 4500 vil­lages, adding the An­fal and us­ing banned chem­i­cal weapon.

Thirty years ago, on July 31st 1983, in the com­mu­ni­ties of Qush­tapa, Bahrka and Harir, in a se­cu­rity plan, the top­pled Iraqi regime took 8000 Barza­nis con­sisted of el­derly men and adolescent boys in a bar­bar­ian de­viant process against the hu­man­ity buried all of them in the deserts of south of Iraq, as the for­mer pres­i­dent Sad­dam Hus­sein had ob­vi­ously stated that «They have sent Barza­nis to the hell.» So those 8000 adolescent boys and el­derly men of Barzani tribe were con­cealed, ex­cept their graves and bone could be found in the deserts.

Moth­ers and ba­bies of 30 years from now are still wait­ing for their men to come back. Chil­dren are wait­ing for their fa­thers and brothers home­com­ing. But there is no trace of any­one of them, even no one knows their des­tiny, even a tale, the story of the way they were ex­ter­mi­nated, they went and never come back. Only if the pain of 30 years of wait­ing can tell us all th­ese pains and grieves.

An­fal did not end up with 8000 Braza­nis, but af­ter that it has started in Ger­miyan, Koye, Bad­i­nan and some other ar­eas. Through some var­i­ous and fre­quent stages in 1988 nearly 182 thou­sands of in­no­cent Kurds con­sisted of women, men, chil­dren, el­derly and dis­abled men in vil­lages of Kur­dis­tan were com­mit­ted geno­cide against and were moved to south­ern Iraqi deserts, whether to be buried alive or mass killed and van­ished with­out trace by the or­der of Baath regime.

The Supreme Iraqi Crim­i­nal Tri­bunal, the par­lia­ment and even Iraqi pres­i­dency an­nounced the process of ex­ter­mi­na­tion of Kurds as geno­cide, al­though the Iraqi gov­ern­ment hasn>t yet im­ple­mented the de­ci­sion of com­pen­sa­tion re­gard­ing An­fal case. At the same time, there are still tens of thou­sands of men lost in An­fal op­er­a­tions are waited to be brought back home. We all know that the re­turn is only the re­turn of their de­cayed soul­less corpse, their white clothes, hair and hats.

An­fal is the most hideous in­ci­dent ever against hu­man­ity in the 20th cen­tury. It>s the most se­ri­ous ex­ter­mi­na­tion process has car­ried out un­der the ex­ploita­tion and im­pact of re­li­gion.

The im­per­vi­ous and suf­fered moth­ers of Barza­nis have been wait­ing their men for 30 years. The men who far-off from con­science and any pos­si­ble re­turn were silently an­ni­hi­lated. Their chil­dren of 30 years ago are still wait­ing for their fa­thers, but those men ap­par­ently have no ad­dress nei­ther in the par­adise nor the hell of Baath. The moth­ers in black of An­fal are wait­ing for their lost hearts, but no men have any trace in or­der to tell their story and the cruel mas­sacres by Baath and the way they were an­ni­hi­lated.

The men did not re­turn, but Kur­dis­tan did. Kur­dis­tan re­turned from in­side chem­i­cal bom­bard­ment and from the moun­tains. Hal­abja re­turned, the mass graves re­turned. The free­dom of Kurds and the po­lit­i­cal en­tity of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion re­turned. But the men are wait­ing for UN and po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship of Kur­dis­tan to es­tab­lish a free and just state in­stead of build­ing grave­yards. The men who haven>t yet re­turned, are not re­turn­ing as long as Kur­dis­tan is still not a state, fear­ing that they>re (An­fal)ed again. The brave men of Barza­nis>, the im­per­vi­ous peo­ple of Garmiyan who were (An­fal)ed, the mar­tyrs of chem­i­cal bom­bard­ment of Hal­abja are not re­turn­ing be­cause they do not have free and in­de­pen­dent grave­yards.

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