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Fallujah testimonies

by Stephen Hack, Lambeth Stop the War Coalition
Issue No. 1946

“They turned night into day, and day into night. We realised they are not coming to liberate this town.”

This is how a Sheik of Fallujah mosque describes the relentless US onslaught on his town in a new video, Testimonies from Fallujah by Hamodi Jasim and journalist Dahr Jamail.

Fallujah is a community of 400,000 people, most of whom have been permanently displaced and are now living in refugee camps, having seen their homes reduced to rubble.

His testimony is one of a powerful series of personal accounts by the men, women and children of Fallujah.

Along with footage and photographs from the city, the testimony brings home the reality of military occupation. It confirms the reports from Fallujah that Socialist Worker published in February.

Mosques, schools and hospitals were all subjected to a relentless bombing campaign as the US military sought to make an example out of a defiant population.

The courage and resilience of the people in the face of such a brutal onslaught of military firepower is perhaps the most important testimony brought to us in this film.

It is one which will come back to haunt the occupiers in the months and years to come.

This half hour long video would be ideal for showing at a trade union or Stop the War meeting. You can buy it and read other work by Dahr Jamail at

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Sat 9 Apr 2005, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1946
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