Thirsty Sands (Part 18)

The next morning when our representative - who was an Arabic-speaking brother from the south of our country - went to the sergeant in change of the Oate and asked him to take him to the camp commander to talk “bout the current situation and to convey the viewpoints of the boys to him. The Iraqi officer rejected this proposal and asked our representative not to intervene. To convince him the ...

Thirsty Sands (Part 17)

The boys now realized that the good behavior of the Iraqis was not without reason. By providing those preparations, they wanted to take advantage of the POWs in their propaganda on such a day. The hapless Iraqi commander without having thought in this regard and without wasting time ordered the guards to send out the POWs from the halls and bring them to the yard. The boys having been informed of the news ...

Thirsty Sands (Part 16)

Little by little we got accustomed to the camp atmosphere and with each crossing day we learnt new lessons. The operation Val-Fajr 4 which was held in Aban 1362, was as usual an occasion of happiness among our boys. They were so hilarious. News in the Iraqi newspapers was very brief and general. This was a customary Iraqi practice. When an operation was launched they contended with generalization and only announced that they defeated the Iranian attacks.

Thirsty Sands (Part 15)

However, all the boys cars were filled with such remarks and always said: “If Iraqis sympathized with us, they should have pitied us when we had been knocked out under the stroke of their whips, and not here.” Anyhow, the ruses employed by the Iraqis against the POWs were met with our suitable responses. I the camp, our friends conducted these group victuals inside the halls. These programs were carried out in ...

Thirsty Sands (Part 14)

A1nong the enemys new decisions on the goals they sought was the establishment of Hall 17. Those in this hall comprised very young Basijees, with the exception of eight persons, including me. The total number of persons inside the hall was about 60. Even though none of us had experience regarding the new collective life and the programs which we could occasionally carry out, the valuable pieces of advice given by our other dear friends in all area gradually ...

Thirsty Sands (Part 13)

The sewer naturally became full and use of the toilet became next to impossible. Anyone who even passed by a guard was either beaten by baton or abused verbally. Most important of all, in that day there was no trace of the Iraqi propaganda; that is, newspapers were not distributed. The experience of the old POWs showed that something extraordinary had happened with regard to the war, which made the guards change their views on this were diverse.

Thirsty Sands (Part 11)

Preparations for our transfer to the camp were made. They came to us and forced us to get on the buses, which had seats and were in no way suitable for transfer of the injured. The Iraqis grasped the back of hospital shirts we had worn and dragged us to the end of the bus. Qain had overtaken all our bodies, but we were in conditions that we were stripped of any possibility ...

Thirsty Sands (Part 10)

I called Mahdi and asked: “Did the Red Cross register my name?” He said: “yes”. I asked: “who translated my words for them?” He answered: “I myself.” I further asked: “what did you say about my relationship in the army?” Laughingly, Mahdi replied: “you told me you are an IRGC member, but I rendered it for them saying that you are a member of the mobilization (Basig) force. Remember not to make such a mistake any longer.”

Thirsty Sands (Part 9)

But he did not heed our advice and continued with his work. He could appease only part of our pains, because as soon as he left, it was time for our bandages to be changed; and, although the nurse did not curry arm to target the heart of our friends, in fact he did so with his small scissor and stern countenance. By plucking the bandages stuck to the dried wounds in a cruel manner, ...

Thirsty Sands (Part 8)

A T.V. that was at the end of the hall just then began to play the Al-Amarah song. The Iraq is called one another to listen to this song. Even those who were outside the hall ran enthusiastically towards the T.V.. Apparently this anthem had special value for them, and the timing of its broadcast was not unrelated to the attack of our forces on the city of Al-Amarah.
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