Restoring humanity: US-tortured victims of Abu Ghraib gain faces in photo project


It was not just about living in constant fear of bombardment or suicide bombings in the volatile times that followed the overthrow of the Iraqi regime. For scores of people, being in the wrong place at the wrong time was cause for being picked up by the US military and brutally tortured and humiliated in secret prisons, before eventual release without charge.

Among the most shocking and disturbing human rights violations orchestrated by the US military was the well-documented torture in Abu Ghraib prison. Images released from the Iraq-based jail in 2004 shocked the world, showing American soldiers holding prisoners on a leash, forcing them to stand in painful poses, and humiliating them.