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Inventory of the Mu'assasat al-dhākirah al-'Irāqīyah [Iraq Memory Foundation] records
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Box 1

Printed matter 2008

Box 1

Prospectus 2008

Scope and Content Note

Two copies, one Arabic, one English
 

Video Documents Created by the Iraq Memory Foundation, 2003-2009

 

Iraqi Testimonies 2003-2008

Physical Description: 1272 digital video files, 362 digital text files.

Scope and Content Note

Videorecordings of oral histories of 190 survivors of Ba'th Party repression.
Two finding aids are available. One is descriptions of the interviewees from the Iraqi Testimonies DVD packaging, which are listed under Iraqi Testimonies video boxed sets, but relate to all of the Iraqi Testimonies series. These descriptions were taken essentially verbatim from this packaging (some spelling errors were corrected and some proper names were standardized to a single spelling).
A second finding aid is the IMF database at the Hoover Institution, which can be searched by name of interviewee, with names entered in a mixture of Arabic and English. In the database, each name will include rushes (raw, unedited video footage of interviews, often several hours), the edited clip for broadcast on al-Iraqiyya television and distribution in DVD boxed sets, and a transcript of the broadcast video clip. Most individual files also include textual information including biographical information forms on the interviewee and a research form completed by IMF to verify the interviewee's story.
A selection of the videos also includes a video clip with English subtitles. A list of these interviewees with descriptions is appended to this finding aid.
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Iraqi Testimonies (Rushes) 2003-2008

Physical Description: 1071 digital video files

Scope and Content Note

File-based raw, unedited video footage of 190 interviews, sometimes from two cameras. Interviews may be 6 hours or longer, with each split into multiple video files. Access is by name of interviewee. In Arabic and Kurdish
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Iraqi Testimonies 2005-2008

Physical Description: 190 digital video files

Scope and Content Note

File-based video clips excerpted from the Iraqi Testimonies (Rushes) for broadcast on al-Iraqiyya television and distribution in DVD boxed sets.
There is one clip for each of the 190 interviewees. Clips range from 5 to 15 minutes, with multiple clips combined in one video file. Access is by name of interviewee. In Arabic and Kurdish, with Arabic subtitles for Kurdish speakers
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Iraqi Testimonies (with English subtitles) 2005, 2007-2008

Physical Description: 106 digital video files

Scope and Content Note

File-based video clips with English subtitles for 106 of the clips in the previous series, representing 106 interviewees. Access is by name of interviewee. In Arabic and Kurdish, with English subtitles
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Iraqi Testimonies (Opening and closing titles) 2005, 2007-2008

Physical Description: 2 digital video files

Scope and Content Note

File-based video clips that begin and end the DVD versions.
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Iraqi Testimonies (Transcripts) 2003-2008

Physical Description: 190 digital text files

Scope and Content Note

File-based transcripts of the 5-15 minute clips used for broadcast on al-Iraqiyya television and distribution in DVD boxed sets. In Arabic and Kurdish.
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Iraqi Testimonies (Research files) 2003-2008

Physical Description: 172 digital text files

Scope and Content Note

File-based case files for 172 of the 190 interviewees include a research form created by IMF before the interviews were conducted. It contains biographical information and information on the accusation and experience of the individual, to verify the story told. In Arabic.
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Iraqi Testimonies video boxed sets 2005-2008

Physical Description: 21 discs/190 digital video file clips

Scope and Content Note

One hundred ninety video clips of survivors, including 100 clips with English subtitles, were distributed in DVD boxed sets, with packaging that includes a pamphlet describing each interviewee.
In addition, 6 clips from the 2005 DVD set with English subtitles are available on an unpublished DVD (in AV room, with digital copies in IMF database). A 13-minute video profile of the IMF, in English, is included in the 2007 and 2008 DVD boxed sets.
Arranged chronologically by publication year. In Arabic, Kurdish, and English (DVD use copies of boxed sets are also in AV room)
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Discs 1-5, and one unpublished disc 2005

Scope and Content Note

40 oral history clips. Six of these testimonies, with English subtitles added, are available on an unpublished DVD (in AV room, with digital copies in IMF database). In Arabic, Kurdish, and English
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Discs 1-5 2006

Scope and Content Note

50 oral history clips. In Arabic and Kurdish
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Discs 1-5 2007

Scope and Content Note

In Arabic with English subtitles unless otherwise noted. See Appendix for descriptions and interviewee list.
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Discs 1-5 2008

Scope and Content Note

In Arabic with English subtitles unless otherwise noted. See Appendix for descriptions and interviewee list.
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Legacy of Evil 2006-2008

Physical Description: 34 digital video files/100 programs

Scope and Content Note

File-based videorecordings of the weekly Iraqi television program Legacy of Evil. The shows consist of interviews with witnesses, Saddam Hussein-era video footage, and presentations of documents of the Ba'th regime. Excerpts from Iraqi Testimonies were used in this program. Files range from 10 minutes to 3 hours in duration. In Arabic
The IMF database at the Hoover Institution is the only finding aid; it can be searched by video description or title, which are entered in Arabic
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Documentaries 2009

Physical Description: 5 digital video files

Scope and Content Note

File-based video documentaries about the Saddam Hussein regime that incorporate interviews conducted by the IMF and Saddam Hussein-era video footage. Programs were created for various purposes. They range from 19 to 22 minutes in duration. In Arabic
The IMF database at the Hoover Institution is the only finding aid; it can be searched by title, which is entered in Arabic
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Iraq Memory Foundation Activities, 2003-2006

Physical Description: 14 digital video files

Access Information

6 videos are closed, but the descriptions of them in the IMF database are open.

Scope and Content Note

File-based videos of Saddam Hussein's trial before the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal, produced by Iraqi National TV. The files range from 4 minutes to more than 3 hours in duration, with the average about 40 minutes. In Arabic
The IMF database at the Hoover Institution is the only finding aid; it can be searched by title, which is entered in Arabic, with part numbers listed in English
 

Video Documents from Post 2003 collected by the IMF, 2003-2009

Physical Description: 243 digital video files

Access Information

10 videos are closed, but the descriptions of them in the IMF database are open.

Scope and Content Note

File-based videos were collected or given to the IMF after 2003, and were created after the end of Saddam Hussein's rule. They may also contain content recorded before 2003. The videos often include multiple clips on one recording, including news broadcasts, documentaries, speeches, parades, events, interrogations, and other material from many difference sources. Included are 136 recordings of Saddam Hussein's trial before the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal, produced by Iraqi National TV. In Arabic.
The files range from 4 minutes to more than 3 hours in duration, with the average about 40 minutes.
The IMF database at the Hoover Institution is the only finding aid; it can be searched by title, which is entered in Arabic, with part numbers listed in English. Two browsing options are available, serial numbers or broad topics, which were developed by the IMF. There are 22 broad topics:

News and Documentaries

Iraqi Testimonies

Saddam Trials

Individuals

Private Events

Looting

Military Parade

Torture (CLOSED)

Mass Graves

Religious

Interrogation of Suspected Terrorist

Events

Saddam's Palaces

Anfal

Organizations

North

South

Center

East

West

Date

Other

Keyword searches of the database search the video title, description, date of subject matter, geographic names, corporate names, and specific subjects supplied by the IMF. Topical fields are in English, while titles and descriptions are in Arabic. Descriptions were generated by the IMF from 2005 to 2008.
Box 2-4

Videocassettes and optical discs, circa 2003-2008

Access Information

Closed. Digital use copies available within the IMF database at the Hoover Institution.
Box 2

35 DVDs. Primarily Legacy of Evil and Iraqi Testimonies

Box 3

20 DVDs. Primarily Legacy of Evil and Iraqi Testimonies

Box 3

1 DVD. "Remembering Saddam," by Dan North, Northstar Productions, 2004

Box 3

2 VHS videocassettes. "The Last Jews of Baghdad," directed by Carole Basri, Adriana Davis, and Bryan, Durr, produced by D-Squared Media, 2005; and "A Show of Hands," by Northstar Productions, 2005

Box 3

2 DVCam videocassettes

Box 3

1 CD-ROM. "Selections from the North Iraq Dataset," Iraq Research and Documentation Project, 2003

Box 3

1 CD

Box 3

7 miniDV videocassettes. Primarily Legacy of Evil and Iraqi Testimonies, also video footage of the Saddam palace and mass graves

Box 4

44 miniDV videocassettes. Primarily Legacy of Evil and Iraqi Testimonies, also video footage of the Saddam palace and mass graves

 

Administrative records, 2003-2010

Physical Description: Boxes 5-7

Access Information

Closed until 2018 October 1
 

Appendix: List of Iraqi Testimonies Interviewees with English subtitles 2007-2008

Note

The list includes descriptions of the interviewees from the Iraqi Testimonies DVD packaging, which are listed under Iraqi Testimonies video boxed sets, but relate to all of the Iraqi Testimonies series. The descriptions in this appendix were taken essentially verbatim from the DVD packaging (some spelling errors were corrected and some proper names were standardized to a single spelling).
Videos are in Arabic with English subtitles unless otherwise noted. Titles arranged as on the DVDs and descriptions in quotation marks taken from DVD packaging. Digital use copies are available within the IMF database at the Hoover Institution by name of the interviewee.
 

Hadi Idam Salman Al-Sultani 2007 April 27

Physical Description: 14.15 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in al-Mahawil in 1966. He worked for Saddam Hussein as the pilot of his private jet from 1985 to 1991. After the popular uprising in 1992 he was arrested among others; the arrested included a number of women and children. He was tortured without being interrogated or knowing why he had been arrested. He was a witness to Alfay holocaust where many of the arrested were burned alive. At the same day, he was driven to execution camps along with a group of youths and saw the execution of his brother Mahdi by fire shots. Then he was also shot and injured by some bullets, yet, he survived and managed to get away. He lived his life hiding under a pseudonym until the regime was overthrown. This Testimony was given in al-Hilla city on April 27th 2007."
 

Sami Salaman Abas 2007 March 17

Physical Description: 10.24 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in al-Diwaniyya in 1945. His brother is Nehma; he's a member in the Iraqi communist party. Sami was arrested in 1973 for four days only, yet he was harshly beaten and got his nose broken. He was forbidden from traveling until the regime was overthrown. He was arrested after the 1991 uprising he was severely tortured and he suffered from a head injury. He was transferred afterwards to al-Radwaniyya prison. He has many stories about the torture of the arrested there and how some of them had been thrown into the fire alive. He was released after seven months of painful torture. This Testimony was given in al-Diwaniyya."
 

Sherine Kamal Ahmed Saleh 2006 December 16

Physical Description: 10.05 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in al-Suleimaniyya city in 1945. A writer and a university teacher her husband is a known writer called Delshad. He was repeatedly harassed by the security agents due to the opinions his stories and poems reflected. He was discharged from the academy where he lectured and so was Sherine afterwards, the discharge lasted 3 years. Sherine refused to join al-Ba'th party and was expelled from the education body. In 1989, her husband Delshad was arrested in the university and accused of using Latin letters while teaching. Months after, she received the news of his execution. She still knew nothing about his remains when this story was filmed. This Testimony was given in al-Suleimaniyya city on December 16th, 2006."
 

Kamel S'oud Mashad Al-Jburi 2007 April 30

Physical Description: 12.13 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in 1951, in al-Amadiyya village, the district of Babel. He comes from a poor family of peasants comprising 15 members. He joined the communist party in 1977 and worked in the secretariat of the students' union. In 1979, a campaign was launched to eliminate the communist party and he was asked to join al-Ba'th party but when he refused, security agents tried to arrest him so he fled and hid under a pseudonym. Two years later, he was arrested but he denied his identity and name and was consequently severely tortured and was subjected to denailing. He was sentenced to death but the sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment. This Testimony was given in al-Hilla city on April 30th 2007."
 

Safa' Mahmud Afif Al-Qadi 2007 March 14

Physical Description: 9.12 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in al-Diwaniyya city in 1965 he is a teacher born to a communist family. After the 1991 uprising, Zuhair, his father-in-law founded a secret newspaper called 'The Truth' which was redacted at the family's house. His brother-in-law Zafer Zuhair was arrested in 1992 and executed in 1993 and his father-in-law was a wanted man. In 1994, Safa', his wife and his 8 month old daughter Fayruz were arrested along with his brother Najah, they were all taken to al-Diwaniyya's security department. Safa' and his wife were accused of harboring and hiding the father-in-law, they were severely tortured. Days later, the child Fayruz was also tortured by electric shocks which led to permanent health complications. This Testimony was given in al-Diwaniyya city on March 14th 2007."
 

Auad Sham'un Bulos Butros 2007 January 20

Physical Description: 8.01 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Baghdad in 1970 he's a Christian that converted to Islam and the Shiite doctrine. As a result, he was arrested and tortured for a long time. There was no objection to his conversion to Islam but to the adoption of the Shiite confession. He was moved to Al-Rashid military hospital where a kidney of his was removed. Months later, he was moved to Abu Ghraib hospital and anesthetized, when he came round, he found that his hand was amputated. Two years later, he was released but couldn't find a proper job due to his handicap. He was arrested again in 1999, tortured and sentenced to a year in prison. This Testimony was given al-Basra city on January 20th 2007."
 

Abbas Ejteil Kavez Talal Al-Jurani 2007 January 11

Physical Description: 9.39 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in al-Nasiriyya city in 1951. He's a journliast and member of the communist party. He was arrested for 3 months in 1978 and placed again in custody in 1979. He was set free after months of torture. In 1980, he was arrested once again, tortured and was subjected to denailing. He was moved to the security department and transferred a year later, to the revolution court where he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was transferred to the special sentences section in Abu Ghraib jail and released in 1983 having been granted amnesty. He was arrested again in 1994 and tortured for a whole year. He managed to leave Iraq in 1995. This testimony was given in al-Basra city on January 11th 2007."
 

Hushiar Ahmad Ali 2006 December 7

Physical Description: 9.95 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "Born in Shaqlawa city annexed to Arbil city in 1963. He lives in al-Suleimaniyya. In the early 80s his brother was killed in the bombardment that targeted the Kurdish villages. Hoshiar was arrested in 1982 when he was a student at the preparatory school. He was accused of being a member of the Kurdish national union organizations. He was severely tortured, beaten and electrified. He was sent to Shaqlawa, Arbil and al-Suleimaniyya concentration camps. Months after the arrest, he was transferred to the revolution court where he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He spent 2 years in Abu Ghraib Prison to be later released having been granted amnesty. This Testimony was given in al-Suleimaniyya city on December 7th 2006."
 

Qays Jasem Hadi 2007 March 15

Physical Description: 7.65 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in al-Shamiyya in 1970, in a family with an inclination towards communism, but he loved religious culture. He was arrested in 1991 after the uprising even though he did not take part in it. He was one of more than 1200 individuals that were collectively arrested. They were transferred to al-Radwaniyya prison with his brother Mohammad and their father. They went through harsh arrest circumstances suffering from beating, hunger and thirst. Qays lost 28 kgs and witnessed the death of a number of prisoners due to the bad circumstances. He was released after months of arrest and torture. This Testimony was given in al-Diwaniyya city on March 15th, 2007."
 

Dawud Salman Shehab 2007 January 12

Physical Description: 12.11 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in al-Basra in 1955. He's a journalist and a TV editor from a religious Muslim family. A brother of his named Wasfi was executed for allegedly being a member of the vocation party. Dawud was arrested in 1980 in al-Basra security department and severely tortured. He was forced to give an untrue statement. A year after the arrest, he was transferred to the revolution court where he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He was transferred to the Special Sentences section in Abu Ghraib jail and released 3 years later having been granted amnesty. He was arrested again in 1989 and tortured again but he was set free a year after the arrest. This Testimony was given in al-Basra city on January 12th 2007."
 

Muwafaq Makki Jasim Al-Musawi 2007 May 30

Physical Description: 11.27 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Baghdad in 1956. An artist and journalist, his father was a poet and his house was like a literary salon. He was expelled from the Fine Arts Institute in 1979 for refusing to join the Ba'th party and was forced to join the military service which caused him severe psychological effects. A few months later, he escaped but was arrested and put in jail. He was transferred to various detention camps. He was sentenced by the military court to death, later the sentence was reduced to 7 years of imprisonment. He has interesting accounts about the suffering of the detainees in the military prisons. This testimony was given in Baghdad on 30-05-2007."
 

Jabbar Mawwat Kassar 2007 March 16

Physical Description: 11.01 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Daynuniyah, he holds a diploma in agronomy from Baghdad University. During his studies he refused to join the Ba'th party so he was harassed. In 1981, after finishing an exam, he got out and the officers were waiting for him, they investigated with him inside the school then he was transferred to Daynuniyah police station where he was tortured and accused of being a member of Al-Da'wah Party. They wrote him a statement and he was forced to sign it. He suffered and was ruthlessly humiliated since he and the group with him were forced to urinate in the container from which they drank water. After 4 months of arrest he was sent to the Revolution court and sentenced to life imprisonment. This testimony was given in Daynuniyah on 16-03-2007."
 

Abd el-Jalil Fateh Osman Omar 2006 December 10

Physical Description: 11.59 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Karkuk in 1958, an underprivileged man. He was arrested in 1979 and accused of being a member of some Turkmen organization. He was charged of writing slogans opposing the Ba'th party. He was subject to various psychological and physical tortures in the General Intelligence Department of Baghdad. A year after his arrest nothing incriminated him except some books considered antagonist. He was transferred to the Revolution Court and sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment which he served all in the special sentences prison in Abu Ghraib while two of his brothers were executed without being charged. This testimony was given Karkuk on 10-12-2006."
 

Abbas Hamza Abbas Al-Maliki 2007 April 7

Physical Description: 13.36 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Al-Hakamiah, Basra, in 1966. He received an engineering diploma in 1989. During the military service he was assigned the cadre of rations in prison number 1, there, he witnessed the amount of cruelty practiced in that prison. He tells painful stories about the torment of the prisoners and some Kuwaiti families. After his discharge, he was appointed an engineer in the Bakr Port. He was arrested in 1999 for unknown reasons and was accused of having connections with the Kuwaiti intelligence. After 5 months of torture, he was presented to court and sentenced to life in prison. After a few days, he was told there had been a mistake and his sentence was reduced to 5 years. This testimony was given in Basra on 07-04-2007."
 

Zakiah Kazim Ismail 2007 February 1

Physical Description: 7.64 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Sadr city the Revolution city formerly, in 1970 her brother Faysal, 19 years old was arrested in 1980 Faysal was horribly tortured for 15 days then he was released. However, he was arrested again two months later and they didn't know anything about him till 2003, when they knew that he was executed. After the execution of her brother she had to leave school and was subject to various security and social harassments. This testimony was given in Baghdad on 01-02-2007."
 

Abd el-Karim Mawlud Ahmad Khodr 2007 December 8

Physical Description: 7.47 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "Born in Al-Sulaymaniah in 1966 his brother Hussein Mawlud (aka, Mullah Ali) was a poet and member of the Kurdistan National Union organization. He was arrested in the late 70s. Months after his arrest and torture in Al-Sulaymaniah, Karkuk and Mosol camps he was executed in 1979 in Mosol city prison. His body was never handed to his parents. The story didn't end there; after his execution his father was arrested and tortured many times, his arrest lasted once for a year and he was finally exiled from the town where he lived. This testimony was given in Al-Sulaymaniah on 08-12-2007."
 

Shadha Hamid Lilo al-Obeydi 2007 March 18

Physical Description: 11.47 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Al-Diwaniyah in 1961 from a rich family, she was interested in religious education but she wasn't a member in any political party. She was harassed at school for wearing the veil and refusing to join the Ba'th. She was arrested in 1986 and was psychologically and physically tortured. They arrested her for an entire year and she was oddly charged of being a member of an organization working for Iran and Israel. Then, she was referred to the Revolution Court and sentenced for life. She was transferred to Al-Rashad prison where she spent 5 years then she was released on 21-12-1991 upon a pardon. This testimony was given on 18-03-2007."
 

Aqil Yusef Naser 2007 July 19-20

Physical Description: 8.57 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Basra in 1954, an officer in the Naval College. During his preliminary studies, he refused to join the Ba'th and was arrested in 1980 charged with being a member of Al-Da'wah. He endured horrible torture and witnessed the death of a prisoner because of torture. A year after the arrest, he was submitted to the Revolution Court where he was sentenced to death and 5 days later, this was reduced to life. He spent 11 years in the special sentence department in the Abu Ghraib Prison then was released. This testimony was given in Basra on 19-20-07-2007."
 

Aqil Mahdi Miz'al Al-Dirawi 2007 April 8

Physical Description: 12.59 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Shat al-Arab in 1967 from a poor family, an electrical engineer. He didn't belong to any political organization and was forced to join the Ba'th party. He was arrested in 1997 and was beaten and tortured with electric shocks in the security department of Basra till that affected his body structure. He had a surgery in his lung without anesthesia then was transferred to the Basra security department without being accused of anything in particular. He was presented to the Revolution Court and sentenced to life imprisonment, and then the sentence was reduced to 5 years spent in Abu Ghraib. This testimony was given in Basra on 08-04-2007."
 

Sa'id Abdallah Kridi 2007 March 27

Physical Description: 10.07 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Al-Kahlah, Al-Amara in 1953. In August 1983, he was arrested at home and sent to the Fifth Unit prison charged with belonging to the Iraqi Communist party. He endured painful torture and lost a lot of blood during the investigation. He witnessed the horrible torture of a number of prisoners. A few months later, he was submitted to the Revolution Court and was sentenced to 7 years of imprisonment which he spent in Abu Ghraib. This testimony was given on 27-03-2007."
 

Mua'ayed Muhammad Hassan al-Ghabban 2007 May 18

Physical Description: 9.37 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in 1962 in Baghdad from a wealthy family. His father was a merchant and they led a luxurious life. When he was still in intermediate school he was offered to join the Ba'th Party and he turned them down. He was arrested in the early 80s for being involved with someone accused of joining Al-Da'wah Party (Vocation Party). He was extremely tortured and ended up having an infirmity in one of his legs. One year following his arrest he was moved to the Revolution Court and Awwad Al-Bandar sentenced him to life imprisonment. He was jailed for 9 years in the Special Sentences Penitentiary and was detained in a 16m square cell with 65 prisoners. We continued shooting his testimony thanks to a power generator. This testimony was given in Baghdad on 18-5-2007."
 

Ali Fadil Abbas Al-Zubaydi 2007 May 26

Physical Description: 10.20 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in Eastern Karadah in 1956, from a pious family. He was arrested several times from 1975 to 1982, tortured and was never accused of a specific charge. He was arrested for the fourth time in 1982 and was charged with joining Al-Da'wah Party. He was severely beaten up and electrocuted then he was detained in solitary confinement for 8 months. He tried to commit suicide in prison and was tortured when he survived. He was transferred to several prisons then was taken to court and sentenced to life. He spent 10 years of that sentence in Abu Ghraib Prison and was released in 1992. Due to the weak power, we could not have a clear image while shooting. This testimony was given in Baghdad in 26-5-2007."
 

Imad Addin Sadiq Mustafa Husayn 2006 December 11

Physical Description: 12.13 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in Karkuk, in 1960. He was not accepted into the Fine Arts Institute because he was not a member of the Ba'th Party. In 1979, he was convened to the Karkuk police station where he got arrested and was severely tortured all the while unaware of his charge. He was transferred to the General Intelligence Department in Baghdad where he spent 9 months of physical and psychological torture then he was transferred to the Revolution Court and was sentenced by Judge Mulsim al-Jabburi to 7 years in jail. He spent them in Abu Ghraib Prison until this minute he does not know why he was arrested and imprisoned. This testimony was given in Karkuk on 11-12-2006."
 

Amir Ali Yasin 2007 April 12

Physical Description: 9.36 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in Naamaniyyah in 1967 in a big family made of 12 members. In 1979, his two brothers Husayn and Jaafar and his sister Zeinab were arrested then were all executed. Months later, his father was arrested and was quickly executed and the family house was confiscated and the remaining 4 family members were thrown out on the streets. A stranger took them in for 4 years. In 1988, Amir and his mother and 2 sisters Huda and Ibtisam were arrested one of his sisters suffered from a mental disorder in jail. A year later, they were thrown on the Iranian borders and asked to go to Iran on foot and never to return under the false charge of being affiliated to Iran. This testimony was given in the Kut. House on 12-4-2007."
 

Shaza Sabri Nasir 2007 May 30

Physical Description: 10.18 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"She was born in Baghdad in 1963. Her father was arrested in 1978 for being a member of the communist party. Two years later, Shaza and her mother were arrested along with her sisters Huda, Nadima, Suha, Nawal and her brothers Ali and the kid Hazim who was 6 years old in addition to her fiancé Mustafa. The security officers occupied their house for 40 days; they stole money and jewelry. According to her the family was tortured psychologically and morally humiliated; all its members were interrogated about the reasons behind their travel to Syria. The family moved from camp to camp for a few months. It later turned out that her father and fiancé were executed. Years later her brother Ali was arrested and is still missing even to the date of this testimony. This testimony was given in Baghdad on 30-5-2007."
 

Jamal Hindar Jadir al-Idani 2007 April 5

Physical Description: 11.07 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in Basra in 1950 he lived the tragedy at an early age. He was 3 years old when his father was arrested in the prison of Nagrat al-Silman. In 1972, his father who was an employer at the harbor facility was arrested again, after 2 years of torture, he was released. Jamal has a brother called Idan he was a Ba'th partisan, he hurt the family immensely; he used to stand against his father after his arrest in 1979. His father was arrested again they did not know anything about him until the fall of the regime when it turned out that he was executed in 1983, his charge remained undetermined. During the filming, nearby gunshots were heard from an unknown source. This testimony was given in Basra city on 5-4-2007."
 

Hamah Hamah Hamah 2006 December 9

Physical Description: 9.37 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "He was born in the city of Sulaymaniyyah in 1950 from a poor family. He and his family became homeless when his village was air raided. In that raid, his brother and his two nephews were killed. He witnessed continuous bombings and he describes how people resorted to caves and grottos to avoid the bomb showers. He suffered from the arrests that used to take place after bombing the villages with chemical weapons. His brother-in-law was one of the victims and his sister tells us about the bombing and her hard attempts to survive and run away that affected her child who was born handicapped. This testimony was given in Sulaymaniyyah on 9-12-2006."
 

Abdul Sadat Khalaf Al-Basri 2007 January 12

Physical Description: 8.23 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in Maamal in the province of Basra in 1962. He worked as a government employer. He's a writer and member of the association of writers in Iraq. He was a member of a group that formed a cultural forum in Basra whose entire members were arrested, including Abdul Sada. He moved with his fellow writers between several prisons where he was tortured and extremely humiliated with his other colleagues. After about a year of torture and arrest, he was released. He was constantly pursued and placed under surveillance. The power was cut while shooting then we resumed recording this testimony. This testimony was given in Basra in 12-1-2007."
 

Rida Abbas Amin Amin 2006 December 11

Physical Description: 10.21 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in 1962 in the city of Karkuk. In 1981, the security officers and regime's party cadre initiated back then a wide campaign against the Bashir village in which Rida and his family were living. They arrested a number of its citizens including Rida; he was severely tortured in the Karkuk police station and was charged with belonging to the Da'wah Party. He witnessed the death of some detainees while being tortured. After 7 months of arrest he was transferred to the Revolution Court and sentenced to 15 years of jail of which he spent 10 years in the Special Sentences Prison in Abu Ghraib under very harsh conditions where he was periodically tortured. The witness is a Turkman and would rather speak in Arabic for he thought he'd better express himself in Arabic. This testimony was given in Karkuk city in 11-12-2006."
 

Hamid Barir Muhammad Jawad 2007 April 29

Physical Description: 8.62 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in Hollah in 1951. He was subject to several harassments and arrests due to his affiliation with the Iraqi communist party. He was arrested in 1971 on his way to taking his school exam which made him fail that year. He was severely tortured then transferred to Nihaya Castle and there he suffered all kinds of torture for a whole year. He witnessed the shooting of a detainee in Nihaya Castle. Upon his release he was forbidden from finishing his studies because he wasn't a member of the Ba'th party. This testimony was given in Hollah city on 29-4-2007."
 

Muhammad Yasseen Sabti 2007 April 27

Physical Description: 12.06 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in the Sunnia part of the Hella district in 1964 to an average family. In 1991, he had a dispute with his brother-in-law who was employed at the presidential palace, the later plotted against him and filed a complaint to the Security Department that led to the arrest of his 3 brothers Rafeh Ismail and Ibrahim and to his own arrest a few days later. No specific charges were pressed; one of the accusations was that they took part in the upheaval. Mohammad was tortured in various ways and then released after one month while his three brothers were executed but that fact was discovered only after the downfall of the regime. This testimony was given on 27/4/2007."
 

Suhayla Kazem Abbas Al-Fatalawi 2007 May 1

Physical Description: 10.95 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Karbala in 1955. During the period when there was a mutual front between Al Ba'th party and the communist party, she was a member of the communist party. In 1977 the Ba'th party started widespread arrests against members of the communist party. Security men tried arresting her so she fled and moved from one place to another. She had to hide along with her husband and child in a room less than 4 square meters. She stayed there from 1979 until 1987. When a political pardon was issued she turned herself in to authorities. The crew that went to record this testimony was caught in a gunfight that lasted for 30 minutes in the Latifiya region and was rescued by the American forces. This testimony was recorded in the city of Karbala on 1/5/2007."
 

Mohammed Youssef Mohammad Jassem 2007 March 13

Physical Description: 11.09 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Al-Dewannyah in 1962, he was arrested and beaten at the age of 17 because two of his relatives were accused of being members of some religious party. He was arrested several times during the 80s and his finger was broken during the torture without ever having any charges pressed against him. In February 2003 he was arrested one more time and accused of being a member of the Sadre movement. He remained in custody for months during which he was tortured in many ways that led to some disfigurations including a broken nose. He was released after the Allied forces went into Iraq. This testimony was recorded in Al-Dewanyah city on 13/3/2007."
 

Ahmad Hassan Anad Al-Ghazzi 2007 January 16

Physical Description: 9.33 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in 1951, in the district of Basra. In 1975, his brother Ali was arrested; he was an athlete. He was accused of belonging to the Da'wah Party. Five years after his imprisonment and extreme torture he was released. Ahmad was able to see his brother during his imprisonment and saw the marks that the torture had left on his brother's body ranging from burns to electric shocks. He was arrested once more in 1981 and executed; his body was never handed to his family. Ahmad suffered a great deal after his brother's execution because he had to support his family which comprised 8 persons. This testimony was recorded in Al-Basra city on 16/1/2007."
 

Aswad Hajji Ha De Bamez 2006 December 15

Physical Description: 9.42 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "Born in Arbil in 1964. He witnessed the events that took place in the Barazan regions in 1974 when the authorities surrounded the Moufty area and then deported all the people there to Al-Dewanya district. Over there, they lived a life of destitution and misery for almost five years. Later they were returned to camps in their areas, the raids started in 1983, his village was attacked by the army and all who were there were arrested including women and children. Aswad was able to escape along with a friend of his, all those who were arrested then were never heard from again. This testimony was recorded in the city of Arbil on 15/12/2006."
 

Abdul Karim Naim Abdul Karim 2007 January 19, 2007 April 6

Physical Description: 9.23 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Abi Al-Khassib kaza in 1959. He was sympathetic with the Da'wah Party but was never a member. He was arrested in 1987 and moved around from one camp to another, he was charged with being a member of Al-Da'wah Party and was brutally tortured. After seven months in detention he was cleared from the charges. In 1994 he was arrested with his father and mother and cousin and was badly tortured for 15 months then he was transferred to the Revolution Court and was sentenced to life in prison. He was taken to the special sentence section in Abu Ghraib Prison where he spent 8 years and was then released after a pardon was issued. Due to security reasons this testimony's recording was halted and then resumed later. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al Basra on 19/1/2007 and 6/4/2007."
 

Safa' Mussallam Bandar Al-Salman 2007 January 18

Physical Description: 9.00 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in 1960 in Al-Basrashes, has a Medical Doctor degree her brother Dya' who was a physician was arrested in 1980. In 1981, her brother Ryad refused to join the Ba'th party and was arrested a month later from his classroom at technical school. Her other brother Akil, who was a student at Baghdad's College of Technology was arrested in 1981 and wasn't heard from until the downfall of the regime. Assad, her fourth brother was arrested when he was still a student in an architecture school she did not receive any news of her brothers' whereabouts until the year 2003 when she found out that they were all executed in 1982. They were charged with belonging to the Da'wah Party. She has two more brothers who were imprisoned for 9 years and later released. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al-Basra on 18/1/2007."
 

Nebrass Razzak Hassan 2007 April 22

Physical Description: 11.31 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Al-Dewanya in 1970 his father joined the Ba'th party in 1963 then left the party when he disagreed with its politics so he was pursued and fled to Syria. Nebrass was also a member of the party but was discharged when he missed out on party meetings and then the harassments began. He did not take part in the upheaval in 1991 but he distributed food to some people. After the upheaval there were widespread arrests among young people so he tried to travel outside Iraq but he was arrested. He spent 2 years in detention where he was brutally tortured and lost a lot of weight and contracted many skin and health diseases. This testimony was given in the city of Al-Dewanya on 22/4/2007."
 

Khalaf Abdul-Samad Al Awad 2007 January 13

Physical Description: 15.35 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in the city of al-Basra in 1952, he was a university professor who refused to join the Ba'th party so he was hassled. He was arrested in 1977 at the Basra security department then was transferred to the Fadeleya camp where he spent 18 months charged with having sympathies for the Da'wah Party. After his release he left to Algeria and returned in 1982 and went into the military service during that year. He was arrested once again and moved between several camps and finally went to the Head Security Department. He was severely tortured and after one year, he was transferred to the Revolution Court where he was sentenced to life imprisonment of which he served eight. He was released following the issuing of a pardon. This testimony was given in the city of Al-Basra on 13/1/2007."
 

Akil Hadi Kawthar Al-Ghourabi 2007 March 15

Physical Description: 12.01 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in the city of Al-Dewaneya in 1972, he has a Bachelors degree in Literature. During his years of study he was placed under surveillance because he did not belong to the Ba'th party and in April 2001 he tried to flee arrest and was shot and fell from the roof. He was transferred to the hospital and underwent many surgeries. 70 days later, he was transferred to the Security Department and was locked in a 2x2m cell. Despite his health condition he was tortured electrocuted and beaten without ever being charged. A year and a half after the arrest he was sentenced to 9 months of imprisonment for possession of religious books. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al-Dewaneya on 15/3/2007."
 

Fatma Majid Hussein Kazem 2006 December 11

Physical Description: 9.22 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "Born in 1931 in Bechir in the district of Taza, in Karkuk. During the campaign launched on the village of Beshir her five sons were arrested: Aouni Hussein, Ishmael, Khalaf and Sabath, after nine months she was asked to retrieve their bodies one after the other following the execution of four of them. She and her family became homeless and wandered about in many regions after they were thrown out of their home and forced to leave their regions for more than ten years. This testimony was given in Karkuk on the 11th of December 2006."
 

Mehdi Kassem Lafteh Temimy 2007 April 11

Physical Description: 11.14 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Basra in 1963, during primary school, he was forced to join the Ba'th party. He was arrested in 1979 and was violently beaten and accused of writing slogans opposing the government. He was forced by torture to falsely admit that he wrote those slogans. After months of detention and torture he was referred to the Revolution Court where he was sentenced to imprisonment in the school for delinquents where he spent a year and a half, and then he was transferred to the special judgment department of Abu Ghraib Prison where he had to spend four years more. This testimony was given in Basra on 11-04-2007."
 

Nehme Omran Abbas Ardawi 2007 May 3

Physical Description: 12.01 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in Hendie in 1948; he finished his complementary studies and enrolled in the army. He was harassed during the military service because he did not belong to the Ba'th party. He was injured in one of the battles so he was discharged and took many jobs here and there. He was arrested in 1980 for belonging to the Da'wah Party; he was violently beaten, electrocuted, mocked and humiliated. He was imprisoned for 8 months in a small solitary cell. They wrote a deposition for him and he was taken to the Revolution Court and was sentenced to 10 years of prison. This testimony was given in Karbala on 3-05-07."
 

Said Mohssen Hamd Yassery 2007 April 13

Physical Description: 7.85 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in Nehmanie in 1959 in a peasant family from an aristocratic background. He received a diploma in commerce in 1979. He was forced to join the Ba'ath party against his will so he distributed publications opposing the party in the mid-eighties. He was in the military but chose to flee the army fearing for his life. He hid for a while in many places and some of his relatives got arrested, among them his uncle who was sentenced to death. Security forces raided his home and arrested everybody inside even the women and children, and because he was not arrested his brothers were arrested and executed. This testimony was filmed in Wasset on 13-04-2007."
 

Jawher Hama Law 2006 December 6

Physical Description: 7.20 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "Jahwar Hama Law is from Selmaniah, a physics teacher he witnessed the collective arrests and shelling of the villages of Selmaniah. In 1987 as he was coming home from a visit to his brother in one village he got arrested and was sent to the emergency department of Selmaniah and accused of cooperating with the guerillas because he was traveling on a road leading to one of the security prohibited villages. He was released after 8 months of detention. He lost his academic year. In 1989, he was arrested again and he was a student he was detained for three months in the general security department in Baghdad without knowing what he was accused of. This testimony was given in Selmaniah on 6-12-2006."
 

Furat Saleh Abd Hussein 2007 January 20

Physical Description: 14.50 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From Bassra, a writer and an author, he got a diploma in business administration and economy from Bassra University. He received awards in story writing. In the beginning of the 90s, he formed with some of his colleagues a special literary forum. In 1992, security forces raided the forum and arrested all the authors and accused them of engaging in political activities. He moved between many prisons and penitentiaries and for long months he and his colleagues endured various kinds of torture and insult. They were freed after a long suffering that lasted a whole year. This testimony was filmed in Bassra on 20-01-2007."
 

Alaa Wasseem Aoude 2007 April 6

Physical Description: 14.10 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in Bassra in 1965 he graduated from the teacher's academy in Bassra in 1989. He was viciously harassed because he didn't belong to the Ba'th Party. During the presidential census of 1995 he was accused of not voting. Some days later he was arrested in the security station of Bassra and was subjected to terrible torture. After one year of suffering he was transferred to the general security department of Baghdad then he was moved to the special security court where he was sentenced to death then the sentence was reduced to 15 years. He spent 6 years in the prison of special sentences in Abu Ghraib then he got released. This testimony was given in Bassra the 6-04-2007."
 

Kawthar Shatb Rabie 2007 March 19

Physical Description: 8.41 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in 1955 in Kasseem from a communist family. She studied economy in the USSR. In 1979, the raids on the communist party began so her husband hid in a small shelter for two years then he was discovered and killed. Kawthar was arrested in 1980. She was humiliated and photographed nude. She had a miscarriage during torture. After two years in prison she was sentenced to seven years in jail. She was discharged because of a general amnesty still she was repeatedly arrested and tortured where the traces of burning are still obvious on her body. This testimony was given in Hella on the 19-03-2007."
 

Hassan Ali Atabi 2007 February 17

Physical Description: 10.46 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in Shatra in 1926. A journalist from a communist family. In 1973, he worked with Kurdish organizations and the Ba'th party after the announcement of the front but they were under surveillance from their partner in the front, the Ba'th party. His daughter Amal and his son Safaa were not accepted in the Teachers' League because they did not belong to the Ba'th party and his son Samy was an artist who was constantly hassled because he refused to join the Ba'th Party. In 1981, Samy was arrested and in the middle of 1984, Hassan was informed that his son was executed. He sustained with his sons many harassments after the execution of his son Samy. Because of the bad security situation the team had to cut the filming of the testimony and get back to it later. This testimony was given in Baghdad on 17-02-2007."
 

Murtada Abd Kareem Hussein 2007 April 9

Physical Description: 13.10 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"He was born in Bassra in 1972. In 1991, he treated some wounded men for the guerillas and some soldiers and he nearly died because of it. In 1999, a large group of policemen raided his house to arrest his brother who was charged with participating in a demonstration against the government after the assassination of the religious man Mohammad Sadek Sadr. Some days later Murtada got arrested instead of his brother and he was beaten then released. A few months later he was arrested again and was cruelly tortured without being accused of anything, he stayed one year in prison then he was sentenced to another year in jail without being charged. This testimony was filmed in Bassra on 9-04-2007."
 

Jassem Mohammad Alawi 2008 June 6

Physical Description: 6.42 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From the city of Al-Neseriah, he works as a guard. He was arrested and charged with being a member of the Da'wah Party. He was severely beaten especially on the head, which led to paralysis in his hands and a permanent tremor in his whole body. He was referred to the Revolution Court and was sentenced to life in prison. When the people's uprising took place in 1991, he and a number of other prisoners were beaten with bludgeons on the head. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al-Naseriah on 6/6/2008."
 

Ayeshaa Fakhry Abdallah 2008 March 13

Physical Description: 8.06 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "Born in 1920, in the village of Swaga Kon, part of the Sulaymaniyah District, she now resides in the city of Al Sulaymaniyah in the town of Pera Macron... She lost two of her sons, Aziz and Abbas, when they were arrested and charged with assisting the Peshmerga forces. Their family house was plundered and burned by the government forces after the arrest of her children... Till today she does not know their whereabouts but she hopes they are still alive. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al Sulaymaniyah on 13/3/2008."
 

Hammed Suhail Najem Abu Ousaibeh 2008 December 12

Physical Description: 7.52 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From the city of Najaf, he works with his parents as mortuaries in the Graveyard of Najaf. During the uprising of 1991 he was serving in the military, and when he returned he found out that his family had been stranded and his father shot dead by a sniper. He was stranded along with his family for many days and their properties were seized even though none of them took part in the uprising. A month later his younger brother Mohammad Rida was arrested and till this day he is still missing. This testimony was recorded in the city of Najaf on 12/12/2008."
 

Amal Abd El-Amir Abd El-Raheem 2008 June 15

Physical Description: 9.09 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in 1949, in the city of Al-Samawa. Her family suffered a great tragedy when 7 of her brothers were executed. Her brother Hussein was arrested when he fled from the military service and was immediately sentenced to death. Months later she was asked to go and receive the dead body of her captured brother Mohammad; he was executed for being a member of the Da'wah Party. As for the other five their fates are still unknown. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al-Samawa on 15/6/2008."
 

Akram Jaafar Saadallah Tozlo 2008 March 15

Physical Description: 12.27 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "Born in 1933, of Turkmen origin, 'Toz Khormato' District, a part of Tekreet Province. A well known artist, he was persecuted and captured many times due to his poems and songs. He refused to sing for Saddam Hussein so he was threatened by the authorities. He was last captured in 1986 and was sentenced to life imprisonment. After being sent to prison, his wife and children were captured and banished to the prison of Nakrat El Sulman in Al-Samawa desert. This testimony was recorded in the city of Karkook on 15/03/2008."
 

Aras Abed Akram 2008 June 6

Physical Description: 10.32 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "Born in 1966, and resides in the city of Halbaja. In 1986, and while the city was being bombarded by chemical weapons, Aras was one of those whose families were completely annihilated from the attacks where he lost 14 members of his family including his father, mother,7 sisters and 3 brothers in addition to losing a great number of relatives as they were all exterminated. Men, women and children. This testimony was recorded in the city of Salimanieh on 6/6/2008."
 

Ayad Jari Tahram 2007 September 29

Physical Description: 10.00 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From a family of farmers from The City of Basra. During the Iraq-Iran war, their pastures in the Shat El Arab district were sheared and planted with field mines of which today they still suffer. He was arrested in 1984 with the charge of belonging to the Da'wah Party and he was moved around several camps. He was severely tortured with beating and electrocution, and his shoulder was permanently dislodged and he still suffers from it today. He was transferred to the Revolution Court and was sentenced to life in prison. This testimony was recorded in the city of Basra on 29/9/2007."
 

Abd Al Bawi Kadr Mohammad 2008 March 13

Physical Description: 10.35 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "From the area of Surdash, a division of the City of Al Sulaymaniyah, he was arrested in 1985 and tortured; charged with being involved in political activities and sympathizing with the Peshmerga forces. After a few days his older brother Abd El Jabbar was arrested as well... he and his brother endured the cruelest forms of torture with beating and electrocution. They were referred to the Revolution Court where Abd Al Bakqi was sentenced to 15 years in jail, and his brother was sentenced to life imprisonment. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al Sulaymaniyah on 13/3/2008."
 

Zuhair Abdul Hussein Jassem 2008 February 18

Physical Description: 9.23 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From the City of Baghdad, he was arrested in 1980 from his unit and charged with belonging to the Da'wah Party. He was moved around a number of military and civilian camps and subjected to severe torture, he was forced to sign a false statement, and then he was transferred to the Revolution Court and sentenced to death and then the sentence was reduced to life imprisonment. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al-Kadhimiya on 18/2/2008."
 

Abd Kareem Hassan 2008 August 5

Physical Description: 7.15 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in 1923 in the city of Al-Samawa. After the uprising in 1991, 3 of his sons were arrested, even though they didn't take part in the events. He went through a lot to get news of his children... In the first months of their arrest, he was able to see them and they showed signs of severe torture. Later, he was forbidden to meet with them and didn't hear any news of them until their bodies were discovered in a mass grave in 2003. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al-Samawa on 5/8/2008."
 

Karim Murih Abd Basha Al-Oueidi 2007 December 20

Physical Description: 12.37 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From the city of Qassem, a teacher, he was arrested in 1982 without any known cause. He was transferred between many prisons and camps and endured all types of torture without even knowing why. He witnessed the death of a number of detainees. He was referred to the Revolution Court and was sentenced to 5 years in prison, which he spent in Abu Ghraib. This testimony was recorded in the city of Qassem on 20/12/2007."
 

Tohfa Shalaka Touaiher 2008 April 5

Physical Description: 8.43 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in 1936 in the city of Al-Samawa, her son Kazem was a student in the University of Architecture. He was persecuted and wanted as he was accused of being a member of the Communist Party. Kazem had to go to Kurdistan and work there. There, he vanished and no one knew of him. It became later known that he had been arrested and executed and a strange woman had claimed his body and buried him. Her other son Wasfi, who was studying management and administration, was arrested a month later and executed as well. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al-Samawa on 5/4/2008."
 

Abdallah Mohammad Hussein 2008 March 8

Physical Description: 9.54 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in 1949 in the Sedar village, a part of the Al Sulaymaniyah district. In 1988 army units stormed his village and arrested a large number of the villagers and among those arrested was his family, which was composed of his wife and 8 children. He knew nothing of their fate until their remains were found in 2007 in one of the mass gravesites in the city of Al-Hadar in Mousel. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al Sulaymaniyah on 8/3/2008."
 

Hussein Faleh Saffah 2008 April 6

Physical Description: 9.52 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From the city of Al-Samawa, his father, who was a shepherd in the area of Kokrat Al-Salman, found a Kurdish boy, shot down; his name was Tymour. He took the boy in and mended his wounds. It turned out that the child was in a mass execution campaign that included his family, and he was able to climb his way out of the burying hole after he was shot. Hussein's family raised the boy and kept him safe until he was older, then they secretly sent him to Kurdistan to live with the remaining members of his family. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al-Samawa on 6/4/2008."
 

Afrouz Mustafa Amin 2008 March 12

Physical Description: 9.34 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "From Al Sulaymaniyah city, she spent years living in fear and terror of the heavy bombardment of her city. Her brothers, Asghar and Askar were arrested during the Anfal operations against the Kurdish towns during the eighties, she didn't know their fate until the end of the Ba'ath party's regime when it turned out they had been killed and buried in a mass gravesite, till today she still suffers from psychological after-effects of those frightening years. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al Sulaymaniyah on 12/3/2008."
 

Mohdy Ghareeb Sabber 2007 December 19

Physical Description: 8.08 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in the city of Al-Qassem in Al-Halla. A teacher from a rural family, he was arrested several times during the seventies, charged with practicing political activities in school. During those arrests, he was severely tortured and degraded. He was arrested again in 1979 and kept at the Security station of Baghdad, charged with belonging to a banned cultural organization. He was tortured in jail and witnessed the torment of women as they were being beaten and electrocuted. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al-Qassem on 19/12/2007."
 

Ismael Khaul Ibrahim 2008 March 14

Physical Description: 8.59 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "From the city of Karkuk, he was arrested several times because of his religious inclinations. His first arrest was when he was in junior high school... During the arrests, he was severely tortured and on the final arrest he was referred to the Revolution Court where he was sentenced to 15 years in jail although he was less than 18 years in age then. He was transferred to Abu Ghraib Prison where he stayed for 10 years and was later released with a pardon. This testimony was recorded in the city of Karkuk on 14/3/2008."
 

Abd El Hassan Aydan Douaibel Al Khafaji 2007 December 12

Physical Description: 9.03 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in 1962, in the city of Kufa, a clerk from a modest family. Between 1979 and 1982 his young son Mohammad Ali was arrested several times, and he had no affiliations to any political party. His whereabouts were unknown until the year 1991 when his file was located in the Najaf security station and it turned out he was executed in 1982 having been charged with being a member of the Da'wah Party. This testimony was recorded in the city of Kufa on 12/12/2007."
 

Main Hadi Ja Fatta El-Hassona 2007 September 27

Physical Description: 11.10 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From Basrah, he was arrested in 1981 when he was a theology student. He was 15 years old. He was charged with belonging to a cultural-religious organization. After a year of severe torture he was referred to the Revolution Court and was sentenced to life imprisonment (for boys) which is 15 years, of which he spent 10 years in Abu Ghraib. This testimony was recorded in the district of Zabeer on 27/9/2007."
 

Zuhair Muslem Hussein Hamadi 2007 December 17

Physical Description: 8.40 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From a modest family in Najaf, during his college years he wrote in a journal for the Islamic movement in the University of Mosel. All who were involved in the publishing of that journal were arrested. He fled and went undercover, and after two years of hiding, he was arrested and placed in the security station of Najaf, then he was transported to the 5th brigade in Baghdad. He was tortured beaten and burned using an electric iron. He started to hallucinate from the severity of the pain. He witnessed the death of a number of detainees from torture. In 1983 he was referred to the Revolution Court where he was sentenced to life imprisonment. This testimony was recorded in the city of Najaf on 17/12/2007."
 

Hanan Hasan Saidradi 2007 December 17

Physical Description: 9.28 minutes

Scope and Content Note

From Al-Najaf, she has been interested in the religion since she was at school, so she was subject to harassment and persecution till she ended up in prison with the charge of giving lectures to her fellow colleagues. She was humiliated and tortured by beating, hanging and dragging. Because of the excessive torture and humiliation she thought of committing suicide inside prison. And she remained even after her release under house arrest. This testimony was recorded in Najaf on 17-12-2007."
 

Nasif Jassem Moussa 2007 February 7

Physical Description: 9.23 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From Baghdad, an actor, he was relentlessly harassed during his studies because of his artistic ideas. He was expelled from the Fine Arts Academy because of his critical plays. During the Iraqi-Iranian war he deserted the army then gave himself in when a pardon was issued, but he was arrested and tortured then submitted to the Revolution Court, where he was sentenced to life in prison. This testimony was recorded in Baghdad on 7-2-2007."
 

Amer Hadi Al-Muhaysin 2007 December 20

Physical Description: 7.16 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Al-Hilah in 1950, a teacher, he refused to join the Ba'th party so he was harassed. His brother Kamal was arrested in 1981 and they didn't know anything about him. After 2003, his remains were found in a mass grave. Amer was arrested in 1981, he was independent. He was fiercely tortured and didn't know what his charge was. They kept on moving him from one prison to another for a year. Later he was offered a bargain: he works as an informant for the security services or loses his job. This testimony was recorded in Al-Qasim city on 20-12-2007."
 

Habibah Ahmad Abdallah 2008 March 13

Physical Description: 10.22 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "From the town of Lazah near Qadir Karm in the district of Karkuk as all the Kurdish cities, her town was subjected continuously and randomly to raids, arrests and killing. During Al-Anfal operations in 1988 her husband, brother and many of her relatives, about 45 of them were arrested, tortured and killed. She witnessed the destruction and burning of houses and the displacement of people. This testimony was recorded in Al-Sulaymaniah on 13-03-2008."
 

Gazi Mazbub Sajit Al-Dami 2007 December 12

Physical Description: 8.15 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Al-Najaf in 1936 he lives in Al-Samawa. His son Ahmad fled after the 1991 uprising to Saudi Arabia, one year later he returned and rejoined his unit where he was arrested and executed. Gazi was arrested for hiding his son and despite his old age he was fiercely tortured. After he was handed the body of his son he was forbidden to hold a funeral for him, and he was arrested again because of that. This testimony was recorded in Al-Samawa on 12-12-2007."
 

Bahaa Eddin Nuri Ahmad 2008 March 3

Physical Description: 10.12 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "Born in 1956, a teacher from Halabja living in Al-Sulaymaniah Sarkaris neighborhood. 14 members of his family were massacred by chemical weapons in Halabja. In one day, he lost his father, mother, two of his brothers and five of his sisters in addition to his sister's husband and their four children who were all at that same day and place in Halabja. This testimony was recorded in Al-Sulaymaniah on 03-03-2008."
 

Naqi Khalil Salman 2008 March 16

Physical Description: 9.34 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "From Karkuk his brother was arrested in 1980 after a large arrests campaign in their region called Taza. Muhammad was not a member of any political organization, but was accused of being a member of an Islamic organization and sentenced to death. After his brother's execution, Naqi was severely harassed and persecuted by the security officers and he was attacked in his life and work. This testimony was recorded in Karkuk on 16-03-2008."
 

Kazim Tuhmi Ghazi 2008 May 5

Physical Description: 7.05 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From Al-Samawa... in 1980, two of his brothers Adnan and Nabil were arrested with the charge of participating in a demonstration against the regime. His brother Nabil was sentenced to life and after his release he died in mysterious conditions. As for Adnan, even though he was arrested for only four days he was fiercely tortured and was permanently physically affected. Kazim was arrested many times for unspecified charges and was tortured. This testimony was recorded in Al-Samawa on 05-05-2008."
 

Hussein Hadi Abd-El-Rida Al-Jaburi 2008 February 8

Physical Description: 13.44 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From a big family in Baghdad Al-Kari'at, accused of religious teaching he was arrested in 1991 while a student in the preparatory school and was accused of belonging to Al-Da'wah Party. He was tortured in several detention camps and was placed in solitary confinement where in some cells he slept on blood and hair. He witnessed the death of a prisoner under torture with an electric shock, two years after his arrest he was submitted to court and was sentenced to life imprisonment; he served his sentence in Abu Ghraib. This testimony was recorded in Baghdad on 08-02-2008."
 

Hasan Ali Katafa 2008 May 9

Physical Description: 9.17 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From Al-Nasiriah, arrested on 1986 and accused of belonging to Al-Da'wah Party. He was transferred to the General Security Directorate and fiercely tortured with beating, electric shocks and hanging all along the arrest duration for more than one year. He was submitted to the Revolution Court where he was sentenced to life imprisonment and transferred to Abu Ghraib where he had another painful experience with torture for eight years. After his release upon a general pardon he was arrested again in 1997. This testimony was recorded in Al-Nasiriah on 09-05-2008."
 

Mansur Hasan Muhammad 2008 August 4

Physical Description: 10.02 minutes

Scope and Content Note

Born in 1932, he's a farmer from Al-Samawa city. His family was pursued for unclear reasons. Many of his brothers and clan members were arrested. Security agents shot his son Hasan dead at their house's door. He filed a lawsuit against the murderer of his son but to no avail. In fact, the rest of his family got arrested, including his daughters. This testimony was recorded in Al-Samawa city on 4-8-2008."
 

Abd Al-Hadi Mu'taq Sultan-Al-Hatem 2007 September 25

Physical Description: 9.11 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From Basra city, a writer. In 1979, his father was arrested for insulting the vice-president. He was tortured despite his old age, at the same time Al-Hadi was arrested for harboring ideas that antagonize Al-Ba'th party doctrines. In 1980, his brothers Qaysar and Amjad got arrested; Amjad was killed mysteriously; as for Qaysar, no trace of him has been found so far. This testimony was recorded in Basra city on 25-9-2007."
 

Sultana Karim Mustafa 2008 March 16

Physical Description: 8.16 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "From Karkuk city, her brother was arrested in 1980, he was 18 years old. He was charged with belonging to Al-Da'wah Party, his arrest coincided with the death of her soldier brother Hashim at the beginning of the war. Abdallah remained in prison for 11 years where he was constantly tortured and that affected both his structure and health leading eventually to his death after his release. This testimony was recorded in Taza city on 16-3-2008."
 

As'ad Mahmud Ahmad 2008 March 5

Physical Description: 9.44 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "Born in 1957 in Al-Sulaymaniah city. In February 1988 planes bombed their village which got later invaded by military forces during Al-Anfal campaigns. His family was deported to the Iranian borders, when they returned, all his family got arrested: his wife, four of his children his mother and brother. No trace was found of them until the regime was toppled; it turned out they had been buried in a mass grave. This testimony was recorded in Al-Sulaymaniah city on 5-3-2008."
 

Ra'd Layim Khilkhal 2008 May 3

Physical Description: 12.00 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in Al-Diwaniyah in 1952, he is an officer. Due to the membership of his brother Shaddad in Al-Da'wah Party, all the family members got arrested. After a while, he and his older brother were sent to the military intelligence jail where they were subjected to extreme torture, then imprisoned for three years and discharged. His younger brother Ahmad was executed for joining the Da'wah Party. This testimony was recorded in Al-Diwaniyah city on 3-5-2008."
 

Abd Faysal Al-Sahlani 2008 January 4

Physical Description: 10.14 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born to a rich family in Al-Nasiriyah city, he was arrested in 1985 for adhering to the communist party. He was placed in solitary confinement for two years. His father was arrested several times. All his family got arrested too and placed for six months in jail number 1. He had two brothers in the military who got arrested for covering for him. He was transferred to the Revolution Court and condemned to death, but on the execution day, the judgment was reduced to life imprisonment. This testimony was recorded in Baghdad city on 4-1-2008."
 

Saleh Muhammed Hussein 2008 March 7

Physical Description: 9.26 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "From Al-Sulaymaniah city; his family had been exterminated in Al-Anfal operations on 17-3-1988. His village was heavily shelled, and then the army led an arrest campaign that targeted the villagers. His wife and 3 children were among the detainees, he kept on asking about their whereabouts but they were being continuously transferred to several prisons in southern and northern districts until they ended up in Nakrat al-Salman Prison. He got no news about them until Saddam's regime was toppled, when the bodies of his children were found with bullet holes in their heads. This testimony was recorded in Al-Sulaymaniah city on 7-3-2008."
 

Mudr Ghani Hamza Abu-Ghunaym 2008 January 4

Physical Description: 8.53 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From Al-Najaf city. In 1978, when the communist party was subject to a fierce attack by Al-Ba'th party, he was arrested as a student along with a group of schoolboys. After this arrest, he reduced his political activities and continued his studies. In 1980, he was arrested and led to the general security headquarters where he was severely tortured resulting in a weakness in his outer limbs of which he suffers till now. In 1991, he was arrested for the third time at the intelligence fifth division headquarters. This testimony was recorded in Baghdad city on 4-1-2008."
 

Qasim Adnan Aziz Rida 2008 May 8

Physical Description: 8.20 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From Al-Nasiriyah city. He was arrested in 1983 and transferred to the fifth division in Baghdad. He was subjected to extreme torturing electrocution, burning and insults. He describes a lot of torturing methods at the prison of the fifth division. He witnessed the atrocious torturing of several women. He was less than 18 years of age; still he was accused of being a member of Al-Da'wah Party and got a 5 year sentence. His brother was executed on the charge of participation in the uprising; he was only 16 years old. This testimony was recorded in Al-Nasiriyah city on 8-5-2008."
 

Muhammad Turki Khudayr Al-Mi'mar 2008 January 4

Physical Description: 8.57 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From Al-Najaf city, he comes from a middle-class family working in construction. He was arrested in 1978 because he insulted Saddam Hussein the then-vice-president. He was taken to Al-Najaf security administration where he was severely tortured. Two weeks after his release, he was arrested again on the same charge. For six months, he was subject to extreme torturing. Then, he got transferred to the Revolution Court, where he got a three year sentence that he spent in Abu Ghraib Prison. This testimony was recorded in Baghdad on 4-1-2008."
 

Muhammad Fulayh Abdul Hasan Al Zalmi 2008 May 6

Physical Description: 8.18 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in 1959 in the city of Rumaytha, a school headmaster. His 75 year old father was arrested in 1991 and they found no sign of him. He suffered terribly from the news he received about the security people cruelly torturing his father. He found him after 2003 in a mass grave site. During the time of his father's arrest he was harassed and called the 'Son of the Traitor', then all his funds were confiscated and he was forbidden to travel. Being a school director, he witnesses that there is about 400 orphans at his school due to the execution of their fathers. This testimony was recorded in the city of Rumaytha on 6/5/2008."
 

Darun Nuri Muhammed Hilmi 2008 March 5

Physical Description: 7.42 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "From the city of Halbaja. He was ten years old when his family got massacred during the bombing of his city with chemical weapons on 16/2/1988. He lost his mother, four of his brothers his 82 year old grandma and the family of his uncle and the entire family of his aunt. He remembers the collective bodies of victims that fell down during the chemical bombing. This testimony was recorded in the city of Halbaja on 5/3/2008."
 

Rajiha Na'im Muhammed 2008 June 15

Physical Description: 8.51 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"A housewife from the city of Al-Samawa; her husband was arrested many times, charged with disrespecting the authorities. He was tortured gruesomely. In 1982, he was arrested again for the last time; no trace of him was ever found event till the date of the recording of this testimony. Rajiha suffered from the security persecution. When her husband was arrested her house was confiscated and put for sale. This testimony was recorded in the city of Al-Samawa on 15/6/2008."
 

Hadi Marza Zayir Abu-Ghneim 2008 January 7

Physical Description: 7.27 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in 1948, in the province of Najaf. He took part in 1977 in the marching towards the grave of Imam Hussein according to the annual Shiite rite, the army forces pursued them and arrested a great number of the participants. They were taken to the military prison of Rashid. He was tortured and insulted for over a year and a half of arrest. He was charged with giving shelter to a member of the Da'wah Party. He was referred to the Revolution Court and was sentenced to 15 years of prison. This testimony was recorded in the Najaf City on 7/1/2008."
 

Karim Abdallah Karim 2008 March 11

Physical Description: 9.59 minutes

Scope and Content Note

In Kurdish with English subtitles. "From the city of Sulaymaniyyah, he was arrested in September 1989. He was a soldier. He was accused of sympathizing with Kurdish fighters (Peshmerga). Karim moved to different prisons and camps where he was tortured gruesomely and was sentenced to 9 months of prison with hard labor. When he finished his prison sentence and was released, he was arrested once again and was tortured. A few months later, he was released then he was arrested another time; and thus, throughout his life he kept being arrested repeatedly for no clear reason. This testimony was recorded in the city of Sulaymaniyyah on 11/3/2008."
 

Tarek Safi Abdallah Al-Shahrani 2007 October 1

Physical Description: 12.15 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From the city of Karma Ali in Basra; a soldier specialized in marine engineering. During the uprising of 1991 all his unit's members ran away, the weapons remained unguarded. He took them along with his remaining friend to a safe place. He guarded them until the end of Intifada. Then he was arrested charged with taking part in the Intifada. He was moved between many prisons including the Radwaniyyah Prison. He witnessed the torture of the detainees and their suffering in the prison camps. This testimony was recorded in the city of Karma, on 1/10/2007."
 

Ali Hadi Kraydi 2007 December 15

Physical Description: 5.48 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"His brother Muhammad was arrested in 1981 accused of being a member of Al-Da'wah Party. They knew nothing about him until they were informed of his execution and they didn't receive his body. The family of Ali went through a great amount of suffering and pressures by the security officers; they were fought in their work places and were prohibited from working in the state departments. This testimony was recorded in the Kafal District on 15/12/2007."
 

Hamid Abd-Al-Kazim Al-Duray'I 2007 December 15

Physical Description: 12.15 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From Al-Kafal District. In the late 70s, early 80s; three of his brothers were executed charged with being members of religious parties, due to that, the family suffered a lot. The remaining members of the family, including Hamid used to get arrested for any reason. They used to get arrested out of precaution sometimes as what happened in 1980 upon the visit of Saddam Hussein to the city of Hulla when the family was arrested out of precaution and kept in the police station for a week. Hamid was arrested many times; he was tortured gruesomely without a clear charge. This testimony was recorded in the district of Kafal on 15/12/2007."
 

Qasim Ahmad Muhammad Ali Dandal 2008 February 9

Physical Description: 10.35 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"Born in 1944 in the region of Toz Khormato. An engineer officer at the rank of major. He was arrested in the early 80s without a clear charge and was transferred to a number of prisons including prison number 1. He was accused of spreading rumors, considered biased. He was sent to the Revolution Court and was sentenced to 6 years in jail. His funds were confiscated. After completing his prison sentence, he was released and was arrested once again with the charge of conspiring to overthrow the regime. He remained for several months under harsh conditions during which he was tortured, his eardrum was ruptured, but without being investigated with. He witnessed the killing of one of the prisoners with a lethal poisonous injection. This testimony was recorded in the city of Baghdad on 9/2/2008."
 

Imad Eddin Hasan Nasar Al-Musawi 2008 May 9

Physical Description: 7.25 minutes

Scope and Content Note

"From the city of Al-Naseriah. He was arrested in 1994 with one of his brothers accused of joining a religious party he was tortured throughout his arrest. He saw some prisoners being tortured gruesomely in prison camps, some of which had died. He was infected in prison with some malign diseases. This testimony was recorded in the city of Nazareth on 9/5/2008."