Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Baghdad's mortuarys Runneth Over But they Aren't Full Yet
By Oliver Poole in Baghdad
The bodies are arriving at the mortuary in Baghdad in such large numbers that the orderlies have run out of places to store them properly.
They are forced to leave them in piles in the overloaded freezer compartments or send them for burial in anonymous graves.
Last month there were 972 corpses received, almost all victims of violent death. The vast majority were brought in with bullet holes. Many had their hands bound and faces mutilated.
No one knows quite how many people are being killed in Iraq or by whom.