On the Murder of Atwar Bahjat (UPDATED)
The lawlessness that is Iraq
The chaos that has become the norm
The innocents who are the victims
The brutality that is unspeakable
The perpetrators that are a mystery
The peace that is non-existent
The "progress" that Bush speaks of
The "jihad" that Zarqawi lies about
The Islam that is innocent of their claims
Atwar Bahjat, 30, was an Iraqi journalist for Al-Arabiya satellite channel before she was brutally murdered by unknown assailants on February 22, 2006.
This is an account of her murder (warning: contains extremely graphic description of the way she was killed).
Rest in peace, Atwar. Ra7imaki Allah.
**Update**: Al-Arabiya satellite channel has announced that the video was a not of Atwar Bahjat's murder. The woman who washed the body of Atwar (in the Islamic tradition) before her burial confirmed that none of her body parts were severed. This was also pointed out by a fellow blogger, Fatima, in the comments section of this post, as the woman who washed her body happens to be her neighbor. Still, the woman noted that there were signs of abuse on Atwar's body but that the beheading in the video could not possibly be done to Atwar who was killed by gunshots to the head. Abu Aardvark also has an update on his previous post which includes more information. This should not, however, move attention away from Bahjat's brutal murder as she tried to bring the reality of suffering in Iraq to millions of people through the Al-Arabiya television station. Her murderers must be brought to justice.
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[hat tip: Abu Aardvark]
Labels: human rights