Art And Culture

Victims of Saddam’s Poison Gas Attacks

Victims of Saddam’s  Poison Gas AttacksVictims of Saddam’s  Poison Gas Attacks

The play “Burned Oaks” that reflects on the ongoing plight of Iranian victims of chemical weapons used by Iraq during the eight-year-old conflict in the 1980s will go on stage at Mehrab Theater Hall from May 23. 
Directed by Esmail Firouzi, the play focuses on the second generation of victims of the 1980-88 Iraq-Iran war. It is about health issues and other complications Iranian children of the victims of poison gas attacks grapple with. 
During the war, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ordered 16 bombing missions by his air force using banned chemical weapons on Iranian cities in the border regions. The most catastrophic of which was the bombardment of crowded areas of the northwestern town  of Sardasht in June 28 and 29, 1987 that killed at least 100 civilians and injured hundreds of others. 


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