SOS from Iraq: MSF_BW_02-01

Tariq standing on a newspaper, facing the direction of Mecca through an open window, conducts noon prayer. A thick bandage covers most of his head and chin. When asked what happened to him in Mosul in Northern Iraq, with pain and difficulty speaking due to the injury to his jaw, he tells the story about a snowy day in February 2005. He was driving his car with his neighbor and came across a check point manned by US soldiers. As he began to slow to stop at the checkpoint, soldiers started firing and a single bullet pieced through his face, shattering several bones and teeth. His car finally stopped and as he bled on the driver’s seat, soldiers dragged him out of the car and started beating him. His neighbor, who was working as a translator begged the soldiers in English to stop. When the neighbor finally convinced them that Tariq was not a threat and they released him, he was rushed to a near-by emergency room.

Tariq standing on a newspaper, facing the direction of Mecca through an open window, conducts noon prayer. A thick bandage covers most of his head and chin. When asked what happened to him in Mosul in Northern Iraq, with pain and difficulty speaking due to the injury to his jaw, he tells the story about a snowy day in February 2005. He was driving his car with his neighbor and came across a check point manned by US soldiers. As he began to slow to stop at the checkpoint, soldiers started firing and a single bullet pieced through his face, shattering several bones and teeth. His car finally stopped and as he bled on the driver’s seat, soldiers dragged him out of the car and started beating him. His neighbor, who was working as a translator begged the soldiers in English to stop. When the neighbor finally convinced them that Tariq was not a threat and they released him, he was rushed to a near-by emergency room.