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IRAQ: Women allegedly abused in prison

March 22, 2008 |  7:04 am

The locked gates of a prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq

Sad, tired eyes peer out from behind the bars of Kadhimiya Prison. The pleas are desperate: "I swear I am innocent." "The criminal investigators raped us." "I have been here eight months and I have not seen a judge."

Nearly 200 women, some with their toddlers and infants living with them in their cells, are imprisoned in Baghdad's only detention facility for women. Suspected killers bunk with women charged with petty crimes. Some don't know why they were arrested.

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— Kimi Yoshino in Baghdad

Photo: The locked gates of a prison on the outskirts of Baghdad. Credit: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images

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