Ahmed, Osman

Ahmed, Osman

Osman Ahmed

1 September 2013Feature

Halabja survivor Osman Ahmed's work are a 'rendezvous between life and death'

Halabja Chemical Bombing, 1988, oil (120 x 100cm), Saqqez. IMAGE: Osman Ahmed.


There were many chemical attacks on Kurdish villages in northern Iraq by Saddam Hussein’s army in 1987 and 1988. Osman himself was a witness and victim of the chemical attack and once went blind for a few days, hiding in a cave.

This image was made in 1988 after the attacks and…