Children in Iraqi prisons
[Edited excerpts from "Sadly, No!" blog. Thanks to Holden for bringing this to our attention today on Eschaton.]
Yesterday, we posted the video from a German TV report about alleged abuse and detention of children in Iraqi prisons.
The (partial) translation of the report is below. It was prepared by our staff and Pete from The Dark Window. Links to the original video and text (in German) are below.
"Sgt. Samuel Provance spent half a year stationed at Abu Ghraib. Today, 5 months later, we meet him in Heidelberg. His superiors have strictly forbidden him to speak to journalists about what he experienced in Abu Ghraib. His conscience troubles him. He discusses a 16-year old he handled:
"He was very afraid, very alone. He had the thinnest arms I had ever seen. His whole body trembled. His wrists were so thin we couldn't put handcuffs on him. As I saw him for the first time and led him to the interrogation, I felt sorry. The interrogation specialists threw water over him and put him into a car, drove him around through the extremely cold night. Afterwards, they covered him with mud and showed him to his imprisoned father, on whom they'd tried other interrogation methods.
"They hadn't been able to get him to speak, though. The interrogation specialists told me that after the father saw his son in this condition, his heart was broken, he started crying, and he promised to tell them anything they wanted."
"There I saw a camp for kids, young, certainly not yet of puberty age. There must have been hundreds of kids. Some were released, others are certainly still there."
Streaming video from SWR
Downloadable clip of the TV report. (9MB, RealVideo 10 format.) The streaming video from SWR is 14MB and of slightly lower quality.
Other details in first "Sadly, No!" report on topic:
Spiegel Magazine, July 4, 2004
[Original in German -- our translation. -S,N!:]
"US Soldiers said to have abused jailed children
"According to the International Red Cross, more than one hundred children find themselves in Iraqi prisons, including the notorious Abu Ghraib prison. According to a report aired on the TV program 'Report,' coalition troops are also thought to have abused children and minors.
According to a press release issued by the network that broadcast the report:
"In an exclusive interview granted to Report Mainz, Samuel Provance, a non-commissioned officer who served in the Abu Ghraib prison, US military intelligence officers harrassed a young girl in her cell. Military police intervened only when the 15 to 16-year old girl had been partially undressed.
"Suhaib Badr-Addin Al-Baz, a reporter for the Al-Jazeera network who spent 74 days at Abu Ghraib, says that a girl of approximately 12 years of age was beaten by US soldiers."
"UNICEF has confirmed that Iraqi children have been imprisoned by foreign troops in Iraq."