How 600,000 Iraqi war casualties are divided by age and sex. (2006)
Study by 3 universities including MIT can be found here
Posted after reading a post on tumblr that stated “75% of victims of war are women and children.”
There are enough valid arguments for feminism without inventing false statistics and lies.
"The research we have explored uses different datasets and investigates different conflicts and time periods, so it is difficult to say whether more men or women die overall from conflict. One general conclusion can however be drawn: men are more likely to die during conflicts, whereas women die more often of indirect causes after the conflict is over. Data on violent deaths (mostly survey data) confirm that men are more often victims of violence during wartime, whereas several studies that also take into consideration the post conflict period report a high number of female deaths after the conflict is officially over.”
- Armed Conflict Deaths Disaggregated by Gender Christin Ormhaug, in collaboration with Patrick Meier and Helga Hernes, PRIO
2.Women and girls are uniquely and disproportionately affected by armed conflict. Women bear the brunt of war and are the vast majority of casualties resulting from war.
Women are 80% of all refugees and displaced persons. Rape and sexual violence targeting women and girls are routinely used not only to terrorize women, but as strategic tools of war and instruments of genocide.”
- Amnesty International (USA): Women, Peace and Security
[italics and bold in originals]
Please avoid trivialising the suffering of women in war.
1:07 am • 9 March 2014 • 136 notes
A BGM-109 Tomahawk land-attack missile (TLAM) is fired toward an Iraqi target from the battleship USS MISSOURI (BB-63) at the start of Operation Desert Storm, 01/17/1991
President George H.W. Bush had announced the start of the Desert Storm air campaign on national television the evening before.
11:47 pm • 8 March 2014 • 117 notes
U.S. soldiers from Company C, First Battalion of the Fifth Cavalry Regiment on a rooftop in a cemetery as a round from a Bradley Fighting Vehicle hits a tomb where a sniper was suspected to be hiding, during the battle for Najaf on August 11, 2004.
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A detained Iraqi man with a plastic bag covering his head sits in garden of a house searched by U.S. soldiers during a night raid in Tikrit October 30, 2003.
"This man was sleeping outside a house when the Americans stormed in. Since soldiers put the plastic bag over his head, he did not move nor make a sound until they left. I think I could have taken this picture with a minute long exposure – it would be still sharp. The man just did not move. That was the time when a small mistake or a wrong move could have been fatal and everyone knew that.”
11:44 pm • 8 March 2014 • 118 notes
Iraq War Anniversary: The Epidemic of Birth Defects in Iraq
March 21, 2013
War zones are heavily polluted with a variety of contaminants, and toxic metal mixtures are routinely found in these areas. Metal contaminants in war zones originate from bombs and bullets as well as from other explosive devices. Metals, most importantly lead (Pb), uranium (U),…
11:43 pm • 8 March 2014 • 167 notes
a four year old iraqi girl is treated for a wounded eye by u.s. marines in central iraq on march 29, 2003. she was screaming for her dead mother, while her father, shot in a leg, begged to be freed from the plastic wrist cuffs slapped on him by u.s. marines so he could hug his other terrified daughter.
photo by Damir Sagolj
11:15 pm • 8 March 2014 • 282 notes
Today on Fresh Air we discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder through the story of Iraq War veterans and couple, Kayla Williams and Brian McGough. In October of 2003 an IED explosion went off, sending shrapnel through Brian’s head and causing permanent brain damage. The couple got closer, fell in love, and eventually married. Kayla Williams’ memoir Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War shares the story of the unimaginable obstacles the couple faced, including rage, depression, and paranoia.
In the interview Williams explains how symptoms of PTSD are “adaptive in a combat zone”:
"A lot of what we think of as symptoms of PTSD are adaptive in a combat zone. So being hyper-vigilant, extremely alert to your surroundings, always monitoring your environment for potential threats and being prepared to respond with immediate violence if necessary if you perceive a threat — those are adaptive ways to be in a combat zone. Those traits keep you alive in a combat zone and it’s normal for anyone coming home to take a while to wind that down.
… I still feel my heart rate increase if I see trash on the side of the road because there’s a little piece of my brain that thinks it could be an IED. But for the vast majority of people those fairly normal symptoms fade within three to six months after coming home. But for people like Brian with pretty severe PTSD, that fading of those symptoms doesn’t happen and those normal ways to behave or think or be in a combat zone carry over into civilian settings where they’re actively counterproductive.”
photo of the Iraq War memorial at the Old North Church in Boston
11:14 pm • 8 March 2014 • 189 notes
To this day, not a single soul among the US political elite has been brought to justice for the crime against humanity that was the invasion, war, and occupation of Iraq.
Photographer: Jean-Marc Bouju
Organization / Publication: The Associated Press
An Iraqi man comforts his four-year-old son at a holding center for prisoners of war, in the base camp of the US Army 101st Airborne Division near An Najaf. The boy had become terrified when, according to orders, his father was hooded and handcuffed. A soldier later severed the plastic handcuffs so that the man could comfort his child. Hoods were placed over detainees’ heads because they were quicker to apply than blindfolds. The military said the bags were used to disorient prisoners and protect their identities. It is not known what happened to the man or the boy.
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