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IT was standing room only at a ceremony to remember the thousands of victims who lost their lives in an atrocity.

The service, in the Omega Centre, Somers Town, was held to pay tribute to the 5,000 people who died when Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons on his opponents in the Kurdish town of Halabja, Iraq.

A further 10,000 were injured during the horrific events of March 16, 1988, and the ceremony took a moment to reflect on their experiences.

Speeches were made from some of the survivors who now live in the city, and live footage from the day was shown at the event organised by the Halabja Chemical Victim Society.

One of the organisers, Brian Futcher, said: ‘It went beautifully, and was a poignant reminder of the day.

‘The film was very powerful and the speeches were moving.

‘But the most important thing is that the Kurdish people and what happened do not get forgotten, and I think we established just how vital that really is through this ceremony.’