Road to Hell

Published: Wednesday, 03/21/2007 12:00 am EDT

Photograph by Rosaleen Dickson British filmmaker Gwynne Roberts was in Ottawa last week for the Canadian premiere of his documentary Saddam's Road to Hell, hosted by Iraqi Ambassador Howar Ziad at the National Press Club. The film depicts an investigation by the Kurdistan region's Human Rights Minister, Mohammed Ihsan, into the 1983 disappearance of 8,000 Iraqi Kurdish men and boys. Following the film, Mr. Roberts, the first western TV journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden, Mr. Roberts said that had Western governments protested at the time, they could have saved the lives of many thousands of Iraqis. "They remained silent and Saddam Hussein's regime felt able to carry out the Anfal campaign four years later culminating in his gas attacks against the Kurds," he said.

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