GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
November 1992: A UN human rights envoy reports widespread repression of Kurds in Iraq.

Max van der Stoel, special rapporteur of the UN Commission on Human Rights, says that internal blockades of food and emergency supplies to Kurdish populations in northern Iraq threaten a disaster "on the scale of Bosnia or Somalia." Characterizing the human rights situation in Iraq as "absurd," he points out that "here we have one of the most oil-rich states of the world, and still tens of thousands of Kurds are in danger of freezing to death."

PBS The Survival of Saddam: The Kurds' Story /shows/saddam/kurds/

Kurdistan was erased from the world's maps after World War I when the Allied powers carved up the Middle East and denied the Kurds a nation-state.