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Iraq: Interview with Iraqi Police Rape Victim - February 19th, 2007




“The most wicked acts are spoken of openly and without reserve in Iraq. Torture, stabbings and bodies ripped to pieces in bombings are all part of the daily conversation.


“Rape is different. Rape is not mentioned by the victims, and rarely by the authorities. And when it is discussed publicly, as in several high-profile cases involving American soldiers and Iraqi women, it is usually left to the relatives of the victim to give the explicit details. So when a 20-year-old Sunni woman from Baghdad appeared on the satellite television station Al Jazeera on Monday night with a horrific account of kidnapping and sexual assault at the hands of three officers in the Shiite-dominated Iraqi National Police, people across the country were stunned, some disbelieving, others horrified, but all riveted. […]”


Excerpt of a New York Times article from February 21st, 2007.

Scene from the televised interview with the victim


Additional Article


February 23rd, 2007 - Rape Charge Supported by Strong Evidence, Sunni Official Says

1 news article by McClatchy Newspapers


The Video (in Arabic)



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1) Al Jazeera has reported statements by a Sunni woman that she was raped by three Shia-led police force members after she was detained over the weekend. Iraq's prime minister ordered an investigation into the allegations made by the 20-year-old married woman on Monday, but a senior Iraq police official has disputed the claim. In a statement, Nuri al-Maliki said he "has ordered that the severest punishment be meted out to everyone that's involved in the incident". […] - February 19th, 2007 - Video aired by Al Jazeera;


The Daily Burden of Iraqi Woman


1) An woman receives treatment in a hospital Baghdad, Iraq, after she was injured in Sunday's twin car bomb attack. Two car bombs exploded in an outdoor market in the predominantly Shiite area of New Baghdad Sunday, killing more than 60 people and injuring scores in the deadliest attack since U.S. and Iraqi forces began a major security push around the capital last week. - February 19th, 2007 - Adil al-Khazali/Associated Press;

2) An Iraqi woman and her sisters look at Sgt. John Guerra, 21, from Dallas, Tex., as he stands guard outside her home with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment of the Second infantry Division during a search operation in the Shaab neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq. -  Feb. 15, 2007 - Maya Alleruzzo/Associated Press;

3) The body of a woman killed by the twin bomb attacks at Shorja market in Baghdad is wheeled to a hospital morgue. Bomb attacks at crowded markets in central Baghdad killed at least 76 people on Monday as Iraqis marked the first anniversary of a Shi'ite shrine bombing that pitched the country to the brink of civil war. - February 12th, 2007 - Kareem Raheem/Reuters;

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