At the end of the Gulf War, Kurdish refugees fled in a mass exodus from northern Iraq over the border into the mountains of southern Turkey. Here, a young Kurdish boy was seriously injured after being hit by a palette of food being airdropped by Allied Forces into this mountainous area trying to deliver food aid to the refugees. An estimated 450,000 Kurdish refugees fled to Turkey, and tens of thousands died of cold, hunger,and disease. These Kurds, initially supported by US Forces in an independence uprising against Saddam's forces, were later left defenseless as Saddam's forces retaliated and brutally killed many Kurds.

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