Sheryl Mendez: Iraq, The Missing, The Graves

 

Below you will find photojournalist Sheryl A. Mendez’s new project, Silencing Memory -- also found here as a Quicktime Slideshow. Silencing Memory is a disturbing look at Saddam Hussein’s use of torture, killings and disappearances in his bid to maintain power over Iraq, the current attempt by family members and forensic examiners to reveal that history by painstakingly unearthing the mass graves that dot the Iraqi landscape -- even as killings and disappearances continue on a daily basis.

Mendez is a former US News & World Report  photo editor and founding member of the Crimes of War Project. She was also the photography editor and researcher on the book, Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know W.W. Norton & Co., New York/London), and is currently working on upcoming 2nd edition of the book. Mendez previously worked for Magnum Photos as story developer and field researcher.

She has passed along these links detailing the current attempt to establish a center for missing and disappeared persons:

  1. www.jordanembassyus.org/01172005001.htm
  2. www.un.org/apps/news/infocusnewsiraq1.asp?NewsID=866&sID=12
  3. www.iraqfoundation.org/reports/unreports/S_2005_141_English.pdf

This link will take you to more information about War Crimes.

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Getty
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Blackstar
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WireImage
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Panos
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Agency VU
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VII
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Magnum
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Gamma
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8%
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