An­other Mass grave dis­cov­ered in Na­jaf

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

The Direc­tor of the Hu­man Rights depart­ment in Na­jaf last week an­nounced the dis­cov­ery of an­other mass grave in the southern part of the prov­ince. The grave con­tains the bod­ies of some 22 peo­ple who are thought to have been ex­e­cuted by Sad­dam Hus­sein’s regime dur­ing the Sa­haa­baniya Rev­o­lu­tion of 1991.

Some of re­mains have been sent to Bagh­dad lab­o­ra­to­ries for DNA tests. The grave is be­lieved to con­tain Kurds, since other mass graves pre­vi­ously dis­cov­ered in the prov­ince mainly con­tained Kur­dish corpses.

Of the one mil­lion plus Iraqis who are miss­ing as a re­sult of ex­e­cu­tions, wars and de­fec­tions, hun­dreds of thou­sands are be­lieved to be buried in mass graves. Most of the graves dis­cov­ered to date cor­re­spond to one of five ma­jor atroc­i­ties per­pe­trated by the regime. Ac­cord­ing to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment in Iraq, many mass graves in Kur­dis­tan con­tain Iraqi Kurds killed in geno­ci­dal acts be­cause of their eth­nic­ity.

Sad­dam Hus­sein’s bru­tal regime stands ac­cused of mur­der­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of Iraqis, es­pe­cially Kurds and Shi­ites, dur­ing its three decades in power. Many of its vic­tims were buried in mass graves, a pro­por­tion of which have still to be found.

Sad­dam Hus­sein’s regime launched eight bru­tal ‘An­fal’ cam­paigns against the Kur­dish peo­ple, start­ing in 1987 and end­ing in 1988. The num­ber of peo­ple mur­dered in the cam­paigns is es­ti­mated to be around 180 000. The regime also de­stroyed some 3 000 Kur­dish vil­lages dur­ing the cam­paign, dis­plac­ing over 10 000 peo­ple.

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