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Victims of War

Submitted by citizeng (not verified) on Tue, 2005-10-11 23:59.
(Editor's note: This letter was submitted to but has been elevated because it so clearly states why we need to be the media and how we can help reclaim our Democracy.)

Soon after the beginning of the war I saw a photo taken in Iraq.
It was taken perhaps 15 feet from a child lying on a table with a figure shrouded in black at his head. The caption stated the boy had lost 3 limbs, was approx. 10 years old and had lost all the members of his immediate family in a US bombing raid. The figure at the head of the table was his aunt who had survived the attack. At the moment of the photo he was unaware of the death of his mother, father, brother and sisters. I was shocked at this photo, published in Time or Newsweek. It was the beginning of a series of shocks and outrages which continue till this day. I believe that child was eventually brought to the west to be fitted with prosthetics.

For me, as an American citizen, it seems there is a moral imperative to do what I can to stop this cruelty and injustice, especially when it is done in our name and its victims are powerless to change our government. I believe they need us to speak up in their behalf. Later I learned of the work of Marla Ruzicka, which is found at CIVIC.Org. Marla Ruzicka started this organization to help the innocent civilian victims of war. She was an American friend to Iraqis and did what she could to help them. The website continues her work.

I believe in education and the necessity of an informed electorate for a democracy to function correctly. I have spent my time trying to educate people about what is going on in Iraq and with our govt. I always direct people to this website and CommonDreams and The need to change the immoral policies of this govt. continues. Thank you for this website and the opportunity it provides us for outreach and activism.


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Dispatch from Iraq

KERBALA, 11 October (IRIN) - Khalid Hussein, a 22-year-old university drop-out, is a heroin addict, just like his Dad. And with his father's blessing he sells the drug on the streets of Kerbala to support his family.

It is early morning. Khalid's father snorts a small quantity of heroin himself and wishes his son good luck as he sets out into the streets of this city, 160 km south of Baghdad, to find new customers.

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