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A legacy of loss in Basra

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 01:35

March 16 - Civilians who were killed or wounded by allied forces in Basra remain the sad legacy 10 years after the U.S.-led invasion. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS**NONE**~ A legacy of loss in Basra some 10 years after the U.S. led invasion of Iraq. A widow surrounded by her children lost her husband when he was shot dead by U.S. forces when he was driving on the highway in 2011. (SOUNDBITE) (ARABIC) BASRA NAJIM, KAMIL'S WIFE, SAYING: " We expected a better life when U.S. forces came to Iraq. But contrary to our expectations the situation got worse, and in the end I lost my husband. I have no breadwinner in this world now, and I have six kids, I could do not imagine that my life would be changed like this. I do not know how it happened !" One of her sons still mourns the man he says was his friend. He blames the Americans. Another man joined by family and friends wonders how he will get his life back after he was shelled by a British helicopter while playing football. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HASSAN ABOUD, SAYING: "I can't go outside in the street to enjoy the sun. I can't move forward with my life, I can't get married and I am not able to play football. I was walking before but now I am disabled. I lost my lower limbs. I also lost my eye. I lost everything in my life, I call on officials to look at my life." An estimated 100, 000 civilians were killed or wounded following the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. While the dictator may be gone; a legacy of pain has been left behind.

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A legacy of loss in Basra

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 01:35