An Inside Look at Female Prisons in Iraq

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Wijhat Nadhar’s article on the female prisoners in Iraq gives light to a very dark place. Nadhar uses insight from a social worker of the Al-Kadimiyah Women prison along with three national guards officers who worked in the prison. “When women in Iraq are arrested, they routinely go through three gruesome phases, starting with humiliation, followed by torture, and often ending in rape.” Once the women go through this sickening ordeal, they are they taken prison to await trial, for what is usually a frivolous or false arrest.

The women are either taken to the Shaab Stadium Prison or Al-Muthanna Airport Prison. “A group of the worst psychopaths in the government is supervising these prisons, a corrupt committee of criminals of the Military Intelligence services of the Ministry of Interior, and an Intelligence and Security Representative from the Chief Commander’s Office.” Many people die at these prisons and if they do not they are then subjuct to “torture, humiliation, profanation, deprivation, blackmailing, ethnic and sectarian and political discrimination and raping of both men and women”

The final part discusses the various ways of torturing the prisoners, which they learned from their American and Iranian supervisors. The acts are similar to the other humiliating acts described earlier. The physical and psychological torture of these women is unfathomable.
Author: Wijhat Nadhar
Title: The Dark and Secret Dungeons of Iraq. Horror Stories of Female Prisoners
Source: Global Research
Date of Article: December 2, 2012
Student Researcher, San Sorrel, Sonoma State University
Faculty Evaluator: Keith Gouveia, Sonoma State University