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    PBS FRONTLINE: SADDAM'S KILLING FIELDS 1 OF 3

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    PBS FRONTLINE: SADDAM'S KILLING FIELDS PART 1 OF 3

    Deep inside the marshes of southern Iraq, the Shia Marsh Arabs - whose way of life goes back 5,000 years- are being wiped out.

    SADDAM'S KILLING FIELDS reveals that, since the Shia and the Kurds in northern Iraq were encouraged by the West to rise up against Saddam's regime at the end of the Gulf War, more than 300,000 Shia are believed to have been killed and their ancient culture is being systematically destroyed.

    Historian and presenter Michael Wood pieces together the evidence of the sustained and murderous destruction.

    The dry earth of al-Mahawil south of Baghdad is giving up its terrible secret, revealing things no human being should ever have to see. Bodies dug out by a mechanical digger, decayed corpses which once had names, faces and families. There is no easy way to say or to show what we saw here. There were no international observers when we visited, just locals with paper and pen to record the grim toll.

    "There were children, there are women inside the graves," said Dr Rafid Fakher Abdul Hasan.

    "We found one of the women with her baby on her chest."


    This horror dates back 12 years.

    Saddam Hussein's disastrous military defeat in Kuwait in 1991 was followed by an anti-Saddam uprising by Shia Muslims in southern Iraq. He crushed it with genocidal ferocity.