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drgoodword
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posted 25 March 2004 04:45 AM      Profile for drgoodword   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Many will remember one of the most shocking and heart-wrenching photos from the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq a year ago:

The girl in the photo, Ibtihal Jassem, survived her injuries, as this recent photo attests:

But her life continues to be a tragedy (from The Guardian):

quote:
BASRA, Iraq (AP) - War robbed 10-year-old Ibtihal Jassem. She lost her right leg. And the little girl who was born deaf and mute was deprived of the security of a loving family.

She was the only one in her family to survive a coalition air raid on Basra two days after the war began.

An Associated Press photograph of an uncle carrying Ibtihal into the southern city's al-Tahrir Hospital was widely used by news media around the world.

Today, while other children are back in school, she spends her days struggling with crutches in the streets of her neighborhood on the outskirts of this southern city.

Shaya'a Jaber, Ibtihal's grandmother, now takes care of the girl. She feeds and washes her and helps put on her artificial leg every morning.

``She has nothing to do all day. She spends her time with her 11 cousins, taking walks in the streets or playing with her doll,'' Jaber said as Ibtihal sat on the carpet of the sitting room, playing with her doll.

It's not clear how much Ibtihal knows about the events of a year ago. Standing in front of the rubble pile that used to be her family's home, she is asked if she knows what happened to her parents and siblings. She smiles shyly, looks at the ground, turns and hobbles away.


On a somewhat related note, the most heart-wrenching photo from the war for me is the mother carrying her terribly burned child.

How long will the peoples of the West continue to allow their governments' monstrosities, and what terrible karmic retribution will there be to pay?


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