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Looking For Relatives In Dungeons

"They arrested three of my brothers in the 1980s and I am looking for them. They say they are sure there are people who have been here for days without food and may be dying."
Looking For Relatives In Dungeons
Dar Al-Hayat, 2003/04/11

Hundreds of desperate Iraqi civilians besieged the national headquarters of Iraq's military intelligence on Friday, and began digging the ground to try to find relatives they believe are trapped in dungeons below.

The General Headquarters of Iraqi military intelligence near the Kadhimiya mosque, a shrine for Shiite Muslims, was one of the most feared places in the Iraqi capital under the rule of Saddam Hussein. "Where the hell are the Americans?" people yelled as spades began hitting steel-cased vaults below the surface.

"I am afraid the people in here are going to die. The Americans must come and help us," said a man in the crowd. Another man said: "They arrested three of my brothers in the 1980s and I am looking for them. They say they are sure there are people who have been here for days without food and may be dying."

Iraqis say many thousands of people went missing during Saddam Hussein's 24-year rule - allegedly executed, tortured or shut away in prison.

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