Most of the coverage of abuse at Abu Ghraib has focused on male detainees. But what of the five women held in the jail, and the scores elsewhere in Iraq? The scandal at Abu Ghraib prison was first exposed not by a digital photograph but by a letter.
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Wars that threaten human life and nature by definition lead to deaths, injuries, mass migration movements and collapse of society as a final result. The recent events in Syria represent the most tragic example in this respect. Disproportionate uses of force by the Syrian government against the civil commotion, which started with peaceful protests in March , initially provoked the war and then caused the loss of hundred of thousands of lives and the displacement of millions of people. The intervention of international actors in the region, which is already in chaos, also intensified the current problems in Syria. The women and children are the ones that have suffered the most, due to the crises that increasingly became chronic in all aspects of life in Syria, in terms of humanity, politics and economy. Within an environment in a country where human values, as well as all legal rules were disregarded entirely, violations, violence and rape against women expanded the magnitude of social collapse.
As many as fifty thousand men and women—no accurate count is possible—were jammed into Abu Ghraib at one time, in twelve-by-twelve-foot cells that were little more than human holding pits. The coalition authorities had the floors tiled, cells cleaned and repaired, and toilets, showers, and a new medical center added. Abu Ghraib was now a U. Most of the prisoners, however—by the fall there were several thousand, including women and teen-agers—were civilians, many of whom had been picked up in random military sweeps and at highway checkpoints. Last June, Janis Karpinski, an Army reserve brigadier general, was named commander of the th Military Police Brigade and put in charge of military prisons in Iraq.
Nur Alhuda Hijazi is 31 years old. She was born and raised in Eastern Ghouta, Syria. She studied Economics at the University of Damascus, graduated in , and started working as an accountant in a private company in Damascus. Her life up to that moment was the same as any young person in any country in the world. However, her life changed with the war in Syria, ending her future plans for herself and beginning her battle for survival. With the outbreak of the war, she began to help civilians injured in the war. However, she was ambushed by Bashar Assad's soldiers and imprisoned on the grounds that she had helped those in need. She stayed with seven women in a damp, bug-filled, 6-meter-square cell for 30 days. She was tortured every day, electroshocked, stripped naked and abused.