Man under hood in notorious Abu Ghraib photo speaks out about torture

The man under the hood in the infamous Abu Ghraib photograph has spoken out about his ordeal.
The man under the hood in the infamous Abu Ghraib photograph has spoken out about his ordeal. Photo credit: Reuters/Middle East Eye

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The man under the hood in the infamous Abu Ghraib photograph has spoken out about his ordeal.

The interview comes 15 years after the 2003 US-led invasion into Iraq begun.

During the war, US Army and CIA personnel committed a series of human rights violations against detainees at Abu Ghraib prison, including physical and sexual abuse, torture, rape, sodomy, and murder.

Ali al-Qaisi was wrongfully arrested and tortured at the notorious prison, and has spoken to Middle East Eye about the horrific treatment he underwent. 

"As soon as one enters the prison they hang them on the door of the metal cell, then they electrocute the person, and urinate on them," he said.

"They would take a broomstick, break it, and forcibly penetrate one's private parts. It would cause bleeding and surgical operations were necessary."

"I saw a child, they raped him in front of his father."

Mr al-Qaisi says the physical and psychological trauma of his time at Abu Ghraib is long-lasting.

"It crushed our psyches. We suffered greatly.

"Until today, I cannot have a bathtub in my bathroom because then I remember the water-boarding.

"I'm still suffering from nightmares…as if it was yesterday."

The abuse came to public attention in April 2004 when CBS published photographs of soldiers posing with the prisoners they had tortured and killed. 

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