Iraq Kids

This Blog's purpose is to inform and dialog about conditions facing orphan, fatherless, homeless or abandoned street children in Iraq. Another concern addressed on Iraq Kids is the condition of schools in Iraq, primarily rural schools that have been largely ignored during re-building.

Friday, March 25, 2005

MSNBC - Orphans of Tall Afar

MSNBC - Orphans of Tall Afar

Please take time to read this Newsweek Story, a tragic story with an ending that is still being written. You can help these children. Visit www.hassanfamilyfund.org and see how...

Hassan Family Relief Fund

Hassan Family Relief Fund

Please Check out this website organized by Chris Hondros (the photographer who documented the tragedy), US Army soldiers and others. They are raising funds to help the children orphaned in the tragic incident in Tall'Afar where the children's parents were killed by an Army Patrol. Please consider donating to this very worthy cause. Money can't replace what these children have lost but it can help to secure their futures. See the story below in the IraqKids Blog...

Tuesday, March 08, 2005



Two children are held by G.I.'s after their parents were killed when soldiers fired on the family's car near Tal Afar, Iraq, on Jan. 18.

New York Times
Monday, March 7, 2005
One of the starkest incidents in recent weeks occurred on the evening of Jan. 18 in the town of Tal Afar, a trouble spot west of the city of Mosul, where a platoon from the 25th Infantry Division was on a foot patrol. Chris Hondros, a photographer for Getty Images, an American photo agency, said that soldiers of the Apache company were walking in near darkness toward an intersection along a deserted commercial street when they saw the headlights of a sedan turning into the street about 100 yards ahead.
An officer ordered the troops over their headsets to halt the vehicle, and all raised weapons. One soldier fired a three-shot burst into the air, but the car kept coming, Mr. Hondros said, and then half a dozen troops fired at least 50 rounds, until the car was peppered with bullets and rolled gently to a stop against a curb.
"I could hear sobbing and crying coming from t he car, children's voices," Mr. Hondros said.
Next he said, one of the rear doors opened, and six children, four girls and two boys, one only 8 years old, tumbled into the street. They were splattered with blood.
Mr. Hondros, whose photographs of the incident were published around the world, said that the parents of four of the children lay dead in the front seat. Their bodies were riddled with bullets, and the man's skull had smashed.
Back at a base in Tal Afar, the soldiers and Mr. Hondros filled out forms with their observations on the incident. The company commander told the soldiers that there would be an investigation, but that they had followed the rules of engagement and that they should tell the truth, Mr. Hondros said. "I'll stick up for you," the captain told the soldiers, Mr. Hondros recalled. He said the platoon involved in the incident had been engaged in an intense firefight with insurgents in Tal Afar two days before the incident. "It was a jangling experience," he said. Posted by Hello