Monday, May 02, 2005

Our friend Al-Witwity has a 1st hand report about the mass grave that was discovered two days ago near Diwaniyah.

He met a Kurdish woman who miraculously survived the execution process.
The woman who's originally from the "Seeti" suburb near Erbil said that she was brought along with 9 other members of her family and larger numbers of other Kurds in buses and were all executed later in this area.

Eye witnesses from the area said that back in the middle of 1980s, buses and bulldozers used to come to this valley twice a week but no one dared to question what was happening.

This woman after she someway managed to escape got lost in the desert for 5 days until some shepherd found her and kept her safe away from the eyes of the security services that kept searching for her for years until they knew that she had officially lost her mind.
The woman expressed her gratitude for the locals who were kind to her and allowed her to live in a room attached to a mosque for the past 21 years after she lost all her family and had nowhere else to go.

Al-Witwity had also talked to the chief of the "Humanitarian association for defending the rights of the mass graves' martyrs" who confirmed that there are 19 other mass graves to be revealed soon, each one is supposed to contain the remains of approximately 2000 Iraqis.

You can find a number of pictures of the mass grave here (scroll down).

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