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This is a presentation by Michael Amitay of the Washington Kurdish Institute, for the New Tactics World Symposium in 2004.
Past conflicts in northern Iraq, including the genocidal use of weapons of mass destruction, continue to take a severe toll on people’shealth and on the environment. The Washington Kurdish Institute (WKI), with its partners the University of Liverpool and the Halabja Postgraduate Medical Institute (a consortium of local physicians and academics) uses Geographic Information Systems analysis to correlate environmental, health and other data with attack sites. This helps local authorities create effective research, environmental safety and medical treatment programs, while adding to the body of knowledge about the long-term effects of chemical weapons that can help preparedness efforts around the world.