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15.8.10

Can't bearing witness


Did you see Iraq's Deadly Legacy on Dateline on SBS tonight? It will not leave me.

The atrocities left behind after the war in Iraq are heartbreaking.  Babies born so deformed and forlorn that your soul tries to flee your body to go to them. They are reason alone for us to fear what war makes us all become.

The uranium left behind by tools of war caused this. Whatever was in Iraq that the US thought they needed to rid the world of could not be worse than this. They caused this. They took those children's real lives and gave them one full of pain and suffering. They etched the scars.

Oh children, please don't hate us.

LOML could not stand to watch, but I stayed, my face a waterfall of grief. To bear witness.

I saw your pain, sweet babies. I saw you.

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19 comments:

Jasmine said...

Every war leaves these horrible scars on the most innocent beings. I took Dardo to Vietnam when he was 1. In Ho Chi Minh we visited a war museum, and I couldn't even make my way to the end - the photos of screaming children, videos, and most horribly ... stillborn babies, horribly deformed, preserved in bottles. I left bawling my eyes out and clutching my boy to my chest. Same again at the Hiroshima museum. Heartbreaking.

Jess said...

:(

I didnt see it. I dont know if I could bear to watch it at the moment but my heart breaks just thinking about it.

I still remember seeing graphic images (and descriptions) from the Bosnian Genocide on a flyer that was handed to me in the City. Those images have never left me.

So very tragic.

Rachel said...

Every war that has ever taken place has done damage and it is always the children that suffer the most.
When i spent some time in Uganda, I meet two children (siblings)that had fled from one end of the country to the other after watching their parents murdered..... the said it was run or die..... the youngest was 18mnths old...his sister who was 7 at the time had carried him the whole way. Sometime war is needed sometimes it isn't..... but whatever the reason it leaves devastation in its path

Mommy Spirit said...

I didn't see this last night either, but my heart does go out to these little infants that are just trying to make it in this world. What kind of life are they going to have, if any? I'm going to stay away from being too political here, but I don't believe this particular war should have ever happened--there were no weapons of mass destruction ever found. All of this hurt and devastation has been in vain.

Ms Curious @ CCM said...

I was just saying to Mr Curious yesterday that I don't want to watch shows like Foreign Correspondences because it is too depressing at times.

I saw a documentary a few months ago about albino people in Africa (Tanzania I think) being murdered because of superstition (belief that their bones can cure diseases). It was just heartbreaking and I felt so sad and helpless.

One thing I can take away from exposure to situations like this is to appreciate what I have right now.

Thank you for sharing.

Dawn said...

I didn't see it either, but I know it would make me cry. This war has been going on since my son was born- he's almost seven now.

katiegirl said...

I didn't see it, but i imagine it would have been absolutely heartbreaking. Those poor, poor little ones. And their poor parents - helpless to do anything.

We have a lot to answer for. We stormed into Iraq under false pretenses, and look what the people are left with. We have not made their lives any better.

In fact, I even wonder if Saddam Hussein did all those things they claim, or if it was just that they were controlling the information that got out of Iraq, and manipulating it, to justify an invasion.

It's sickening. Poor, poor babies.

katepickle said...

I wanted to be strong and watch this because I think it is important for me to know, to see, to feel these things.... but I couldn't do it. I had to turn it off and cry quietly while holding my baby boy...

Heather said...

This entire situation just breaks my heart. I have seen a few programs like that recently and found myself depressed afterwards. I watched a program on the BBC recently about women and children in The Congo. The poorest country in the world where men rule by fear by raping women and children. I have gotten to a point where I feel like I can't watch those kinds of programs anymore but at the same time I think we should watch them because we need to know what is going on. Iraq has always filled me with anger and sadness at the same time. It is always the innocent that suffer the most in war. The women, the children, the ones that don't have a say in what is happening around them. It is so easy for us to turn a blind eye to it all. I always ask myself how would we feel if that was us? How would we feel if that was our family? After the mess that has been left countries are pulling their troops out. Don't pull out now...Iraq is a mess. This is when they need us. We need to help these people. Look I could go on for pages about this. The entire thing is devastating.

x0xJ said...

wow. I did not see, but i am against the war. I understand maybe needing to police things a bit, but i think what we have other there, it's just too much. IT IS TOO MUCH. I'd like to see how the U.S. would handle someone coming in and telling them their country isn't "trusted" enough and to start pushing their troops around... (well i wouldn't really like to see this, but it's just amusing if the shoe were on the other foot how would people handle it. I think people need to put themselves in other's shoes before making decisions)

Heather said...

The Congo...not the poorest country but considered one of the most dangerous. I can't get this doco out of my head. Why can't the australian government have the courage of countries like NZ to stand up to the american government and just say no.

michelle said...

i did not see this particular documentary but did see the recent one on the plight of women in the congo. i agree with you, the pain and suffering inflicted on the most vulnerable members of communities is heartbreaking. i do believe that we have a duty to watch and acknowledge the injustice of these situations and then wherever possible use our vote and our power to do all that we can to help. not from a patriarchal, western superiority position, but from an ideology that believes in empowering communities to become proud and self sufficient, through education and health care, through micro loans and similar schemes. we can also look to home, to our indigenous communities to see the suffering of innocent children. to look away is an easy option, but incredibly disrespectful to the plight of people who don't have the same privileges that we and our children are blessed with. i will jump off my soap box now and say congratulations on a great post and well done to have the courage to express your discomfort at bearing witness to another sad injustice

Catherine said...

It is horrific what pain the war has caused these innocent babies and children. The war need not go on any more, so they can recover and build a future.

Kamika said...

I feel your pain and my heart bleeds in sympathy. War is never the answer, it only leaves further devastation in its wake, and angry generations of traumatized children.

"We can bomb the world to pieces, but we can't bomb it into peace"

Michael Franti

Corrie said...

oh I missed it, but was pretty traumatised by an ABC doco recently on Congo ( the same one heather mentioned in her comment above). oh my, retro daddy has to walk away during shows like that or tells me to change channel and he just can't watch it but sometimes you have to watch things, however painful they are to understand what is going on in the world and not take a thing for granted. I'm a huge documentary fan and am always shocked at the things that go on and have gone on in our world

Corrie:)

ps that pic of your darling girl is adorable! my sister's baby was the same - never smiled!

Life In A Pink Fibro said...

I remember this. It gives my ears goosebumps.

Diminishing Lucy said...

I watched it, after reading this post last year, on catchup. With my lovely husband. And after I stopped crying, he reminded me to mind a whole lot less about stuff. He was right.

Thank you for taking part in the Weekend Rewind...

xx

Deb @ home life simplified said...

I did not see that doco (and missed this post of yours until the rewind). I think I would be a mess if I saw it. I am a pacifist and agree that what it was all done in the name of (as with most wars and conflicts) could not be worse than the destruction left behind. It lingers for decades or generations.

tinsenpup said...

That's too horrible. I got to the point in my life a few years ago where I just couldn't do that to myself anymore. Maybe that's a cop out, but we all need to be able to function.

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