The Weeping Snow

By Abdulkadir Saeed Sarchinary:

Halabja, 1988

Halabja, 1988

Extracts from ‘The Weeping Snow’, a novel by Abdulkadir Saeed Sarchinary, translated by Yasin Aziz.

This story is about the victims of the Halabja chemical attack. A child loses all his family and is taken to Esfahan, East Persia and grows up with a Persian family. After many years he goes back to Halabja to try to find out what happened and who he was.

It was an early spring morning, just like in March 1988, when my mother died. Our neighbours gathered around to take part in her burial ceremony. She was taken by a crowd of neighbours, friends, family and relatives to the local cemetery. I remember a crowd of men carrying my mother’s coffin, walking along the way, some of them were silent and sad, and others whispered or chatted quietly. I never knew what they were talking about. Some others were talking about what was happening, or they talked about their own family or the daily news.

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