By Dahr Jamail
10 December, 2004
weeks ago someone was allowed into Fallujah by the military to help
bury bodies. They were allowed to take photographs of 75 bodies, in
order to show pictures to relatives so that they might be identified
before they were buried.
These pictures are
from a book of photos. They are being circulated publicly around small
villages near Fallujah where many refugees are staying.
The man who took
them was only allowed to take photos and bury bodies in one small area
of Fallujah. He was not allowed to visit anywhere else. Keep in mind
there are at least 1,925 other bodies that were not allowed to be seen.
some of the photos is from those identified by family members already.
One of the family
members who was looking for dead relatives, shared these photos which
were taken from that book.
Speaking on condition
of anonymity, he told of what he saw in his village during the last
shot every boat on the river because people were trying to escape Fallujah
by the river. They shot all the sheep, any animal people owned was shot.
Helicopters shot all the animals and anything that moved in all the
villages surrounding Fallujah during the fighting.
He said that none
of the roads into Fallujah, or around Fallujah were passable because
anyone on them was shot. I know one family that were all killed.
There are no signs on these roads that tell people not to use them-so
people dont know they arent supposed to use them. No signs
in English or Arabic!
are the pictures