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Outrage in Baghdad

by APRIL HURLEY, M.D.

 

In America, the alert goes: If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.

In Bagdhad, at Al Kindi Hospital Emergency, Fatima Abdullah is screaming in outrage: “Why do you do this to us??!

Her 8 year old, Fatehah is dead, two other daughters are on stretchers wounded by a missile that crushed her uncle’s home where they were staying outside Baghdad, near the Diala Bridge. An extended farming family, they have suffered with sanctions and ecomonic devastation shrinking their stock of animals to one cow, a donkey and chickens; they are barely able to feed themselves.

Muhammed, the four year old crying in her arms has cuts from shrapnel and debris criss-crossing the right side of his face and head, eyelids swollen shut.

Nada Adnan, 13 years old and a student at high school for girls, states “I wish that God would take Bush. Why did he do this to us? to me?”. She has an open gash on her right cranium with underlying fracture and a large, deep shrapnel gauged cut into her upper left thigh. She has no narcotic relief and cries out as aides press guaze into her leg wound. 9 year old, Rana Adnan needs oxygen for a chest laceration and lung contusion with a concussion, head laceration, and shrapnel in her left arm.

And then there is Nahla Harbi who was a passenger driving away from Bagdad with her two year old in her arms when a military school for boys was hit and the explosion rolled the car fracturing both of her legs. Her child sustained head injuries.

Less than 100 meters from Alyermouk Hospital and a school, bombing crushed the foot of 28 year old man who was walking outside his home.

And the list keeps going on. A 70 year old man shopping for food for his family now has a compound fracture of his left upper arm, chest wound through his lung requiring a chest tube and making answers and complaints more dificult.

He has rage and opinions, just as the multitude of families do these several days.

How can I explain reasons to them? They know that Bush’s administration is interested in oil control and that they have no interest in democracy for these people. Why don’t Americans know this? Why did we elect this man without human feelings, they ask.
It’s not easy being an American in a Baghdad Emergency room seeing victims and their families. I wish that George Bush was here with his answers to their outrage. —– April Hurley is a physician from Santa Rosa, California. She is currently living in Baghdad with the Voices in the Wilderness’ <http://www.vitw.org> Iraq Peace Team <http://www.iraqpeaceteam.org>, a project to keep international peaceworkers in Iraq during the war, in order to be a voice for the Iraqi people to the West. The Iraq Peace Team can be reached at: info@vitw.org

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