Killings Haunt Iraq

June 2004
National Geographic;Jun2004, Vol. 205 Issue 6, p28
Opening new wounds of grief, an Iraqi sobs with a rib bone in his hand after searching for remains of a family member in mass graves north of Hillah. Human rights and forensic investigators are gathering evidence from graves to be used in the filing of war-crime charges against former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein and his top officials. Many families able to identify remains bring their loved ones for an Islamic burial near Imam Ali's tomb at Najaf's Valley of Peace cemetery. At the cemetery morgue, trauma almost becomes routine as a worker washes off while the body of a recent robbery victim is readied for interment. By mid-January of 2004, 270 mass graves had been reported.


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