Monday, July 03, 2006  

The dead have names and faces II

The name of this victim is Abeer Qasim Hamza. Remember her. At fifteen, she died an awful death. She was repeatedly opportuned by US soldiers at a check point near her home in Mahmudiya, Iraq. And one day, in March 2006, they came to her house, raped her, killed her, tried to burn her body, and then killed her mother, Fakhriyah Taha Muhsin, 34, killed by gunshots to her head; her father, Qasim Hamza Raheem, 45, whose head was "smashed" by bullets; and Hadeel Qasim Hamza, 7, her little sister.

When her family took the bodies for a funeral, the soldiers came looking for the funeral observations, but there were none- because of the shame of rape.
"But they did not find it, simply because the relatives did not do it, because the death includes the rape of one of the family members, which is something shameful in our tradition," the hospital official said.

"The family kept the news a secret, fearing the disgrace," he said. "They thought it was done by militias, not U.S. forces."

Reached by telephone Saturday at his home in Iskandariyah, south of Mahmudiyah, a member of the extended family would not discuss the incident.

"What is the benefit of publishing this story?" said Abeer's uncle, Bassem. "People will read about this crime. And they will forget about it the next day."
(the rest)
Do not forget, for this was done in your name by the US military and brought to you by Bush and co. Abeer Qasim Hamza died for you.
And her "shame" is our collective sin.

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