Tehran hosts ceremony to honor chemical weapon victims

The Peace Museum in Tehran, Iran, recently hosted an event to bridge the gap between Iran and Japan through the relief of victims exposed to chemical weapons.

The ceremony was meant to shed light on the people suffering from mustard gas exposure and exposure to other chemical weapons in Iran. During the event, the museum unveiled a book called the Atlas of Mustard Gas Injuries, PressTV reports.

During the eight-year war between Iraq and Iran between 1980 and 1988, Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime bought chemical warfare agents and used them against Iranian soldiers and civilians.

Between 1983 and 1988, Iraq used 1,800 metric tons of mustard gas, 600 metric tons of sarin and 140 metric tons of tabur on Iranians. In the city of Sardasht in northwestern Iran, 12,000 inhabitants were exposed to chemical agents with 8,000 people exposed to mustard gas, according to PressTV.

During the eight-year war, more than one million Iranians were exposed to mustard gas with 100,000 deeply exposed to the chemical agent.

Iranian scientists working with the victims of the chemical attacks found common long-term health effects from their exposure to mustard gas. The complications include eye lesions, skin diseases, respiratory cancers and psychological effects.

Approximately 65,000 Iranians continue to have severe health complications because of exposure to mustard gas, PressTV reports.