Abu Ghraib, October 20, 2002

Shortly after state-run Iraqi television announced that President Saddam Hussein was giving amnesty to all inmates in Iraqi jails, friends and relatives of inmates converged on the Abu Ghraib prison. Clapping, singing and praising Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, thousands overran guards and pushed inside.

In this yard, a crowd of about one thousand pushed inside and ran wild. Fifteen minutes of complete chaos ensued, with people climbing on walls and buildings, even throwing rocks at guards and starting fires. Warning shots from pistols and automatic rifles stopped the crowd from going deeper into the prison compound. Finally, guards brandishing clubs and pieces of wood were able to regain control and move the massive crowd back.

Credit: Nathan Mauger
© Nathan Mauger

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