Friday, March 24, 2006

Appeal For Help:Sectarian Cleansing and Coercive Displacement

Undeclared sectarian war and bloodshed are still underway in Iraq, regardless of non-stop calls to put an end to them, which are warning against being dragged into civil war, which will definitely end up with casualties from all parties involved.
Below are the details of this ongoing war:
On March 2, 2006, an envoy of the Voice of Freedom for Human Rights and the Red Crescent visited Al-Fursan Village, located near An-Nahrawan in Madaen. It comprises of 60 brick and mud houses, inhabited by more than 60 Sunni families. The village is surrounded by a number of predominantly Shiite villages, decorated with black and red flags.
on February 27, 2006, Al-Fursan village was attacked by hordes of men in black, who were driving cars of the ministry of interior and state-backed militias. A large number of the villagers fled their homes. Eight people, including the Imam of the village mosque, whose name is Abu Aisha, and a ten year-old boy called Adnan Midab, were executed. Please find the attached photograph of the room in which Adnan was hiding and was later killed. A number of dead animals (sheep, cows and dogs) were also shot at by the attackers.
The village mosque was sabotaged and burned down like almost all the houses in the village. When the relief workers and VOF envoy were in the village, four men, who were hiding outside the village came back stealthily to recount the details of the attack. They stated that the perpetrators used machinegun, Kalashnikov, explosives and fuel to carry out the attacks. Given the fact that the villagers thought that it was the security forces, they did not take any precautionary measures to protect themselves.
The aforementioned men, who were hiding outside the village showed us where the dead bodies of men, women and a child were buried.
We saw the room, where ten-year old Adnan Midab was shot dead. We also saw the burned down cars of the villagers.
Young men stated that they have been repeatedly harassed in order to force them into leaving their village. After this attack, all the remaining families left to other places in Dyala and Baghdad.
We have taken photographs of a large number of places in the village. There is a number of isolated predominantly Sunni villages (Al-Batta, Al-Mujamma’, etc), whose people were harassed by men of the ministry of interior and militias, backed by foreigners. The latter villages are attacked on a regular basis, but it was impossible for our staff to get into them, due to security restrictions.
The above is but the tip of the iceberg. These practices are organized and carried out on a regular basis within towns, rural villages and suburbs. Civilians are asking for international forces to protect them.
It is worth noting that the authorities are turning a blind eye on the perpetrators and terrorists who have been carrying out these attacks. Failure to protect the civilians will only make things worse.

Initial Statistics
The coercive displacement practiced by the ministry of interior, the state-backed militias and foreigners against the people of Nahrawan is on the increase. The number of the Sunni families who have fled their homes is as follows:
Al-Jboor Village, 50 families.
Jabir Hummadi Village, 60 families,
Shakha Village No. 5, 12 families
Shakha Village No. 7, 30 families
Al-Khalisa Village, 50 families
Al-Fursan Village, 60 families
Jasim Ibrahim Al-Battawi Village, 33 families,
Bani Zed Village, 100 families
Al-Mujamma’ Village, 100 families.

The tragedy is mounting. People are deprived of basic needs. The aid workers are helpless. The UN and humanitarian NGOs must act and do the following:
a) Send a Fact Finding Committee of the UN, the Arab League or International Organizations.
b) Send Peacemaking forces to protect the civilians and put an end to genocides, sectarian cleansing and coercive displacement.
c) Control the east borders of Iraq to stop the acts of terrorism perpetrated by foreigners, who have been pouring to Iraq through the Iranian borders and raid and search the villages harbouring them.
d) Launch a relief program by neutral trusted parties.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Answer Depends on You!

After noon March 14, Fayiz Harrat, 27 years, and his sister Fayiza, 35 years, were back together to their home, the both were teachers in the only school in al- Siffa village near Samara. Fayiza and her two kids Usama Yousif, 6 yeas, and Asma, 5 years, live with Fyiz after the Americans killed her husband last summer. Fayiz and his wife Sumaya had three kids Hawra, 4 yaers, Aysha 2 years and Husam 4 months. The granmother lived with them.. on the same day , they had two guests Aziz Khalil, the cousin of Fayiz, and his fiancée Nidhal who were arranging the preparation of their wedding on March 16..
After the midnight, their house was seiged.. Humves, Tanks, helicopters and tens from the Americans soldiers who rushed in the house serching and shooting, after a while the helicopter missiled the house..
The American official communiqué said that they raided a house harbored terrorists and they killed some of them and the collateral damage was 4 civilians..
Yet the truth according to the people of the village, the kids of the school and the relatives is:
The 4 women, 6 children and Fayiz were killed.. 11 civilians.. The photos are very painful, sorry, but you should see the truth; these are the "terrorists".
Send the photos and the names to your congressmen; ask them to be honest and noble.. sak them to see the quite smile of the face of martyr Aysha.. She was killed while sleeping; she was dreaming a colored dream without bombs, ashes, deads and Americans..
I am not asking your tears; I am asking your efforts..
Say NO to Bush the terrorist.. ask your congressmen and your conscious to define the word "TERRORISM".. is targeting and killing the children terrorism? the answer depends on your humanity..

Halabja the Political Victory!

While the elected Parliament was on its first session in Baghdad on March 16; the day on which Halabja, about 265 km north east of Baghdad, was gassed in 1988, the Halabja people were protesting in the streets of the small town demanding Talbani and the Kurdish regional government to fulfill their promises in developing the town through which the Kurdish issue became international getting the world sympathy.
Two were killed, ten wounded when the police tried to stop the angry Halabja people who burnt the commentary museum and the Halabja martyr monument..
The whole Iraqi people are angry and under great pressure; yet the anger in Halabja rings a different bell within the Iraqi scene.
The two Kurds leaders who are insisting on having Kirkuk and doing their best toward kurdisizing the city used to show them selves as "very loyal to their people".. Part of this loyalty is rebuilding the Iraqi northern region although all the other parts of the country is being destroying day after another..
Iraqis, before the anger of Halabja, used to think that the Kurds are living in another world; a world of prosperity and safe.. Now they are discovering that they are on the same boat; fighting for their rights no matter if they are Arabs, Kurds or Turkmens!
Halabja became an industry directed by international media and relations companies exactly like the issue of Kuwaiti incubators which was the main pretext used by Bush senior to lunch the war forcing Saddam out of Kuwait in 1991; Halabja became exactly a "tool" in the hands of Bush and others used whenever they need to use it! .
In July 1989, April Glaspie, the American ambassador then in Iraq, and Tariq Aziz, the Iraqi foreign minister then too, gave a joint press conference in Baghdad. Glaspie red a document singed by an American team worked in Halabja for six months finding that the chemical weapon (gas) used against Halabja was not only Iraqi.. She explained saying the examined tissues showed a gas with (Soviet) Russian quality while the Iraqi was with (West) German quality… Bush needs to have solid proofs that the gas used against Halabja was only Iraqi.
The story was not forgotten but put aside and used whenever American felt it was important to use it and became one of the strongest reasons to invade Iraq.
No body could deny the catastrophe of Halabja while the photos of the victims are in the internet and in the museum.. Still it seems that Talbani being involved in Iraq issue more than Halabja!! fighting for Kirkuk and the people of Halabja felt how much their victims were used for a political victory and no more..

The New Iraq: Abstract; Absurd!

Dr Riyadh Abdul Kareem, a general director in the ministry of agriculture, wounded escaping a life attempt against him; Dr Harith Al-Hayali, disease scientist is still being kidnapped although his family gave the kidnappers $50 000, Dr Saad Mhawosh, the dean of the school of engineering – Mustansiruya Uni, was found killed after his family paid his kidnappers $120 000 trying to save his life; 5 students from Mosul Uni were killed and 10 were kidnapped; more than executed bodies were found in different parts of Baghdad; Muhsin Khudair, the editor of Alef Baa weekly was assassinated; the secretary general of the Iraqi journalists union was threatened to be killed forced to leave Iraq; Americans killed 12 members of one family4 women and children were among them - in Dhuloeya, west of Baghdad, alleging they were attacking a house harboring terrorists ; tens of IEDs were exploded killing Iraqi policemen and INGs, more than 10 car bombs detonated in different parts of Iraq killing and wounding tens of the civilians, the operation Swarmer began in the area around Samara against the “terrorists” all these happened in the second week of March while the Americans were preparing them selves to celebrate the third anniversary of the "new Iraq"..
The week was a typical week Iraqis began dealing with since April 2003. The ordinary week called “bloody” and the extraordinary one called “bloodiest”. Blood became the character of the Iraqis life and day..
Insecurity, kidnapping, killing, violence, poverty, lack of the general services and the fear of a possible civil war are the obvious features of the Iraq after “liberation”. Yet there are some bright features too, mobile phones, sat channels receivers, freedom of speech and media!!and the right of messing up every thing!!
The Mahromeen (very poor-deprived) neighborhood is an example of the new Iraq:
Poor families came by the first month of the occupation and put hands on the land owned by the dissolved Iraqi military forces in Baghdad.. They began building their own houses with out any master plan. They had no official documents so they stole the electricity power sabotaging the main board of the area, the same thing they did with the drinking water; they dug here and there reaching the main pipeline and destroying the street.. Because of the power is one hour on and six off, they brought generators and the wires and cables from the generators to the small houses gave an abstract touch to the scene; and the last touch was the sat receivers dishes every where converting the area into an absurd play!! Exactly the new Iraq..