BRIEF OVERVIEW: Halabja is city and region in Iraqi Kurdistan that is reknown for its pomegranate production.
On March 16 1988 the Iraqi Airforce launched a deadly chemical attack of sarin and mustard gas on the Kurdish town of Halabja, killing 5000 civilians and injuring countless more. The devastating repercussions of this event are longstanding, causing birth defects and abnormally high rates of cancer in the local population even today, 30 years later.
The Halabja region has been long-known for having good agricultural land, it's home to pomegranate groves and fields that grow many crops, but many believe that the land itself still contains toxic residue from the bombs.
Photos from Halabja Memorial