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.

Inmates were carrying their possessions when they came out—everything from bags of personal belongings to televisions and refrigerators. This man carries his friend, who cannot walk.

Iraqis jailed for almost any crime, including crimes against the state and political crimes, were granted "complete, comprehensive and final amnesty" by Hussein.

Credit: Nathan Mauger
© Nathan Mauger

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