MARCH 26, 2003
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Peace Delegates Visit Wounded Civilians in
WA. - March 26 - Wade Hudson, co-coordinator of the war crimes
monitoring aspect of the Iraq Peace Team, sent a report via email
from Baghdad earlier today describing some of what he and his
fellow delegates witnessed while visiting wounded civilians at
the Alyarmouk hospital in Baghdad on March 23rd.
hospital is a university teaching hospital and one of the largest
and most modern hospitals in Iraq. It is one of three medical
centers prepared by the authorities to receive victims of the
attack by the US. Many foreign doctors and surgeons, Americans
included, are in Baghdad to offer their services to these hospitals
during the war.
One of the
patients the Peace Team delegates met with was Rahab Wedad Mohammad,
age 25, who had just come out of surgery under general anesthesia.
She was the moved to the women's section of the hospital where
some of the Iraq Peace Team delegates were able to visit with
Her right cheek
was swollen and her right forearm was heavily bandaged. According
to a female doctor on staff, Mohammad's tendons had been severed
by shrapnel. Surgeons had sewn the tendons back together, along
with nerves and blood vessels. In conversations with Mohammad,
the delegates learned that she was in her home in the residential
district of Hayy Jamiya on Saturday night (the 3rd straight night
of US bombs raining down on her home city) when a bomb detonated
lay quietly on a bed opposite Mohammad's. Zaha is six years old.
The doctor informed the Peace Team members that Zaha was wounded
in her back, suffering a spinal injury which has made her paraplegic.
In the men's
section of the hospital, Hudson and his team members visited with
Rusul Salim Abbas. Abbas, 10 years old, was hit by shrapnel in
the chest and on the right hand. He suffered his injuries on Friday
night when the bombing was the heaviest, lasting for four continuous
hours. "He was going to close the door when he was hit", says
Salim Abbas, the boy's father, seated on the edge of his son's
On a nearby
bed lay Salah Mehdi, age 33. Mehdi was walking down the street
Saturday night in the residential district of Amariya when a missile
exploded nearby. "I just saw a huge fireball and I lost consciousness"
he says with difficulty. Mehdi bore shrapnel wounds in the stomach,
on his right hand and his right ear.
On the next
bed Omar`Ali, 12 years old, was one of twelve members of his family
injured Friday night in the residential district of Al Shorta
when a bomb hit near their house. On nearby beds were also Majid
Mahmoud, aged 57 and father of two, injured the very first night
of bombing, and Hussein Jassim Fleh, aged 36 and father of a young
daughter, injured Saturday night. Fleh was wounded in the back,
as well as on both arms and legs.
in his online journal (available at http://inlet.org/wade)
"Was the shrapnel from US missiles and bombs, or from falling
Iraqi anti-aircraft artillery? Given the delicate hospital conditions
in which these visits were made, and the lack of expert ballistics
evidence, it is difficult to tell what actually caused these injuries
and scores of others like them in hospitals across the country."
Hudson quotes an Iraqi TV reporter who was also at the hospital
to film the wounded: "Whatever the origin of the shrapnel, Bush
must bear full responsibility because he chose to impose this
war on Iraq."
the delegation were able to take photos of some of the injuries
which are available online at http://iraqpeaceteam.org
The Iraq Peace Team is a project initiated by Voices in the Wilderness,
a joint US/UK campaign working to end the economic sanctions against
the people of Iraq since March of 1996. The delegates of the Iraq
Peace Team do not consider themselves to be 'human shields' nor
are they affiliated with any 'human shield' projects
is a resident of Boulder Creek, California. He is a writer, an
anti-poverty worker, a former mental health counselor, and a lifelong
community organizer. His daily Baghdad journal entries can be
read at http://inlet.org/wade
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