Monday, June 18, 2007

Horrendous Orphanage Found In Iraq


For now this is a CBS exclusive story.

US forces discovered a pretty sickening situation at an Iraqi orphanage. I've included a couple more photos below.


It was a scene that shocked battle-hardened soldiers, captured in photographs obtained exclusively by CBS News.

On a daytime patrol in central Baghdad just over than a week ago, a U.S. military advisory team and Iraqi soldiers happened to look over a wall and found something horrific.

"They saw multiple bodies laying on the floor of the facility," Staff Sgt. Mitchell Gibson of the 82nd Airborne Division told CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan. "They thought they were all dead, so they threw a basketball (to) try and get some attention, and actually one of the kids lifted up their head, tilted it over and just looked and then went back down. And they said, 'oh, they're alive' and so they went into the building."

This is a government run orphanage for special needs children.

"I saw children that you could see literally every bone in their body that were so skinny, they had no energy to move whatsoever, no expression on their face," Staff Sgt. Michael Beale said.

"The kids were tied up, naked, covered in their own waste — feces — and there were three people that were cooking themselves food, but nothing for the kids," Lt. Stephen Duperre said.

While the soldiers saw these images of the starving children ... they found three workers cooking for themselves.

Logan asked: So there were three people cooking their own food?

"They were in the kitchen, yes ma'am," Duperre said.

With all these kids starving around them?

"Yes ma'am," Duperre said.

It didn't stop there. The soldiers found kitchen shelves packed with food and in the stockroom, rows of brand-new clothing still in their plastic wrapping.

Instead of giving it to the boys, the soldiers believe it was being sold to local markets.

The man in charge, the orphanage caretaker, had a well-kept office — a stark contrast to the terrible conditions just outside that room.

"I got extremely angry with the caretaker when I got there," Capt. Benjamin Morales said. "It took every muscle in my body to restrain myself from not going after that guy."

That caretaker is now on the run, and has disappeared. They did take two guards into custody though.

Also in an Abu Ghraib esc moment ... two of the women who worked there posed for pictures with the naked boys. They too are on the run.

Below are some more photos taken at the scene, but be warned ... they are graphic.

You can see the rest at CBS's website.


1 comments to "Horrendous Orphanage Found In Iraq"

Matthew said...
3:27 PM

This is so sad. This makes me cry. I found this absolutely appalling. I hope these people are caught & severely punished. But knowing the government in Iraq, that probably won't happen. But I hope they especially help those poor little kids. God, I just want to take them all home & feed them & love them & take care of them. May God Bless those little guys.



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