UK Foreign Office statement on Anfal Memorial Day
On the occasion of Anfal Memorial Day, the Foreign Office of the government of the United Kingdom issued a statement to remember those who lost their lives.
Below is the statement which was read by a Foreign office Spokesperson, on Tuesday, April 14, 2015:
"Today marks the anniversary of the Anfal – Saddam Hussein’s brutal military campaign against the Kurdish people in Iraq. Tens of thousands of innocent Irqis were slaughtered as part of the Anfal. Thousands more were injured, maimed and expelled from their homes and have to live with the lasting impact of the chemical weapons used by Saddam’s forces on both the population and environment.
Today is a day to honour those who were killed or injured as a result of the Anfal. Our thoughts are with those who are mourning the loss of loved ones."
As Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, said on the anniversary of the chemical weapons attack on the town of Halabja last month, “The Halabja at- tack and the Anfal Campaign were crimes of monstrous proportions. Crimes like this must never happen again.”