War etc

Prison Story

Yesterday was the fourteenth anniversary of the execution of British-based freelance journalist Farzad Bazoft.

The now ex-regime of Iraq hanged him in 1990 for being too curious about a secret missile plant south of Baghdad.

This article from last year sheds light on what happened to Abdulmajeed Muhammad who was found “guilty” of selling Barzoft film in his photography shop.

“Fourteen lost years of my life. Nothing but bread for food — darkness, filth, beatings, torture, killings, bitterness and humiliation.

His account of his long incarceration in one of Iraq’s political prisons is harrowing but worth reading as a reminder of how things were until very recently.