Lines of bodies said to be in Houla are actually images from Iraq, 2003

Al Musayyib, Iraq – May 27, 2003


An Iraqi child jumps over a line of hundreds of bodies, in a school where they have been transported from a mass grave, to be identified. They were discovered in the desert in the outskirts of Al Musayyib, 40 km south of Baghdad. It has been estimated that between 10,000 and 15,000 Iraqis had been reported missing in the region south of Baghdad. People have been searching for days for identity cards or other clues among the skeletons to try to find the remains of brothers, fathers, mothers, sisters and even children who disappeared when Saddam’s government crushed a Shi’ite uprising following the 1991 Gulf War.

Marco Di Lauro
Photographer
Reportage by Getty Images

 

 

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  1. shakkka says :

    A comment from my source:

    The title is a tad disingenuous. Firstly they’re not all children — in fact most are adults. Secondly, they were not killed as a result of the British/American invasion of Iraq in 2003. They were killed by Saddam’s troops after the 1991 Gulf War.

    “Al Musayyib, Iraq – May 27, 2003
    An Iraqi child jumps over a line of hundreds of bodies, in a school where they have been transported from a mass grave, to be identified. They were discovered in the desert in the outskirts of Al Musayyib, 40 km south of Baghdad. It has been estimated that between 10,000 and 15,000 Iraqis had been reported missing in the region south of Baghdad. People have been searching for days for identity cards or other clues among the skeletons to try to find the remains of brothers, fathers, mothers, sisters and even children who disappeared when Saddam’s government crushed a Shi’ite uprising following the 1991 Gulf War.

    Marco Di Lauro
    Photographer
    Reportage by Getty Images”

    Which of course makes the picture no less harrowing, or makes the terrible, imperialist war-mongering journalism by the BBC any less fucking awful. But let us not on the one hand condemn their bad journalism, whilst at the same time spreading around things that are ambiguous at best and falsehoods at worst.

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