Life still difficult for Iraqis

New report finds journalists, activists and minorities at risk of violence.

    This time seven years ago, George W Bush, the former US president, was preparing his famous speech declaring "mission accomplished" in Iraq.

    But today, violence is still the norm for many Iraqis.

    Amnesty International says hundreds of people are still killed and maimed every month.

    A new reporthas found that those who speak out, like human rights campaigners or journalists, face constant danger. Religious and ethnic minorities, women, gay men and refugees also all live with the fear they will be battered or killed.

    Armed groups linked to al-Qaeda and political militias are often responsible. Some have links to Iraqi politicians, like the Mahdi army of Moqtada al-Sadr, the Shia religious leader.

    The report criticises political and religious leaders for failing to stop the violence, or even investigate it properly. Often, it says, officials are actually involved in beatings and killings.

    So, for many Iraqis, life is tough, and fear is constant, as Sanaa Hussein Abdullah, a widow, tells Al Jazeera in her own words.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth

    The peace games: Dreaming big for South Sudan's youth

    A relatively new independence and fresh waves of conflict inspire a South Sudanese refugee to build antiwar video games.