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I'm sorry to post such a horrible picture.
I think, however, that since we are not seeing the effects
of what our bombing is doing, it's better to see the horror
than to just hear the propaganda on CNN, Fox, etc.


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Baghdad Children:
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Baghdad Children Homes Offer War Glimpse
Tue Mar 25, 4:02 AM ET

By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent

It's just a thin slice of the unseen fear behind the Baghdad bombs, those black billows exploding nightly on television. But even a brief glimpse into the lives of helpless, trappped children can open eyes to the reality of war.

"You can see fear in their faces," a Baghdad aid worker, Hatim George, said of the hundreds of orphaned, abandoned and severely disabled children caught in the shuddering heart of the city through night after night of American bombardment.

International relief officials got word from Baghdad on Friday, the day after the cruise missiles began slamming into the city, that food was growing short at four children's institutions in the central part of the capital. Two more children's homes had shortages in Karbala, a city to the south that came under U.S. attack over the weekend.

The homes, run by the Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, house 900 children, from babies abandoned by their mothers to teenagers — some disabled by cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and other conditions, said Geoff Keele, a U.N. Children's Fund spokesman.

Some of the children were sent to live with extended families for the duration of the conflict, said Keele, who was evacuated from Baghdad with the rest of the UNICEF (news - web sites) international staff and is operating from Amman, Jordan.

But hundreds of children remain confined to the al-Elwiya, al-Rashad, al-Waziriya and Dar al-Hanan homes. They are dark, crowded but clean places where even in peacetime the boys and girls have little room to play, Keele said.

In the past few days, Iraqi UNICEF workers managed to transport food from UNICEF storage in Iraq (news - web sites) to all six institutions, delivering tinned meat, wheat, rice, high-protein biscuits and milk, Keele said. This supplemented meager Iraqi government rations.

Two UNICEF staff members, including George, the acting local director, visited the institutions over the weekend and described what it was like to live through the bombing raids.

"The children could hear the explosions from their rooms," George, an Iraqi, said by satellite telephone.

The childrens' homes suffered no damage — apparently because the U.S. military is focusing its devastating barrage on major government installations — but the bombing may cause psychological harm, George said.

"Some of the children appear to have been traumatized by the sounds of bombing going on outside," he said.

Institutional staff members stay at the homes 24 hours a day. "The staff are all very committed to the welfare of the children," George said.

But, "given the present circumstances," he said, the staff was worried that they cannot maintain adequate child-care standards much longer.

Family Slain at Checkpoint Sought Safety
Wed Apr 2, 5:30 AM ET

MIAMI - Surviving members of a family whose van was fired on by troops in Iraq (news - web sites) said they were traveling toward allied lines because they thought an air-dropped leaflet had advised them to flee for safety.

In a report published Wednesday in the Miami Herald and other Knight Ridder newspapers, Bakhat Hassan said American soldiers had waved his family's car through a checkpoint as they left their village Monday. But at the next checkpoint, the soldiers fired.

"We were thinking these Americans want us to be safe," Hassan, 35, said through a translator.

Hassan, interviewed Tuesday by a Knight Ridder correspondent at the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital near Najaf, said 11 members of his family were killed in the incident - his daughters, aged 2 and 5, his son, 3, his parents, two older brothers, their wives and two nieces, ages 12 and 15. His wife, Lamea, who is nine-months pregnant, said she saw her children die.

"I saw the heads of my two little girls come off," said Lamea Hassan, 36. "My girls - I watched their heads come off their bodies. My son is dead."

U.S. officials originally said seven were killed; reporters at the scene placed the death toll at 10. Hassan's father later died at the Army hospital. A brother who is being treated there may not survive, a doctor said.

Another brother, a sister-in-law and a 7-year-old child were released to bury the dead.

The soldiers who fired on the family were following orders not to let vehicles approach checkpoints, U.S. officials said. Troops in the area were on edge after an Iraqi army officer posing as a taxi driver killed four soldiers in a suicide attack Saturday.

The Hassans decided to make the journey after an American helicopter dropped fliers over their farming village that showed a drawing of a family sitting at a table, eating and smiling, with a message written in Arabic.

Sgt. 1st Class Stephen Furbush, an Army intelligence analyst, said the message read: "To be safe, stay put." But Hassan said he and his father thought it just said, "Be safe." To them, that meant getting away from the helicopters firing rockets and missiles.

"A miscommunication with civilians," said an Army report written Monday night. The family of 17 packed into its 1974 Land Rover. Hassan's father drove. In his 60s, he wore his best clothes for the trip through the American lines: a pinstriped suit.

"To look American," Hassan said. They planned to go to Karbala. They stopped at an Army checkpoint on the northbound road near Sahara, about 25 miles south of Karbala, and were told to go on, Hassan said.

But "the Iraqi family misunderstood" what the soldiers were saying, Furbush said. A few miles later, a Bradley Fighting Vehicle came into view. The family waved as it came closer. The soldiers opened fire.

Hassan remembers an Army medic at the scene of the killings speaking Arabic. "He told us it was a mistake and the soldiers were sorry," Hassan said. "They believed it was a van of suicide bombers," Furbush said.

Hassan and his wife were lying in cots next to each other in the green Army hospital tent. He had staples in his head. She had a mangled hand and shrapnel in her face and shoulder. "It would be better not to have the baby," Lamea Hassan said. "Our lives are over."

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How Can Anyone Say War is the Answer?
Did anyone ask these children?