Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Assyrian Woman Testifies to Atrocities

A Lone Woman Testifies To Iraq's Order of Terror

by Peter Finn, Washington Post Foreign Service — July 21, 2003; Page A01.
Special correspondents Souad Mekhennet and Hoda Lazin contributed to this report.

Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2003 at 09:22 PM CT
BAGHDAD — She was walking hurriedly, as if in a trance, oblivious to the weakness in her legs, not seeing the bewildered looks of the American troops trailing her, not hearing her own cries of anguish. Jumana Michael Hanna, tears streaming down her face, had slipped into the darkest recesses of memory.

Hanna, a 41-year-old Assyrian Christian from a formerly rich and prominent Iraqi family, returned last week to the well of her nightmares: the police academy in Baghdad, a sprawling complex of offices, classrooms, soccer, polo and parade grounds -- and prison cells, some of them converted dog kennels, according to American officials who now control the campus.

This is the place where in the 1990s Hanna was hung from a rod and beaten with a special stick when she called out for Jesus or the Virgin Mary. This is where she and other female prisoners were dragged outside and tied to a dead tree trunk, nicknamed "Walid" by the guards, and raped in the shadow of palm trees. This is the place where electric shock was applied to Hanna's vagina. And this is where in February 2001 someone put a bullet in her husband's head and handed his corpse through the steel gate like a piece of butcher's meat.


Full article:
Iraqi Holocaust Files: Assyrian Woman Testifies

Assyrian Woman Recalls Atrocities

Thanks to Dilnareen at KBU for the link.