Letter from Fallujah to Kofi Annan (october 14th, 2004)
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Letter from the people in Fallujah to Kofi Annan
calling for help to end
the bombardment and prevent the threatened assault
Excellency Mr. Kofi Annan Secretary General of the United Nations New York
Fallujah 14 October 2004
very obvious that the American forces are committing crimes of genocide every
day in Iraq. Now, while we are writing to Your Excellency, the American forces
are committing these crimes in the city of Fallujah. The American warplanes are
dropping their most powerful bombs on the civilian in the city, killing and
injured hundreds of innocent people. At the same time their tanks are attacking
the city with heavy artillery. As you know, there is no military presence in the
city. There had been no actions taken by the Fallujah resistance in recent weeks
because the negotiations between representatives of the city and the Government
which were going well. In this atmosphere, the new bombardment by America has
happened while the people of Fallujah have been preparing themselves for the
fast of Ramadan. Now many of them are now trapped under the wreckage of their
demolished houses, and nobody can help them while the attack continues.
the night of the 13th October alone American bombardment demolished 50 houses on
top of their residents. Is this a genocidal crime or a lesson about the American
democracy? It is obvious that the Americans are committing acts of terror
against the people of Fallujah for one reason only: their refusal to accept the
Excellency and the whole world know that the Americans and their allies
devastated our country under the pretext of the threat of WMD. Now, after all
the destruction and the killing of thousand civilians, they have admitted that
there no weapons were found. But they have said nothing about all the crimes
they committed. Unfortunately everybody is now silent, and will not even dignify
the murdered Iraqi civilians with words of condemnation. Are the Americans going
to pay compensation as Iraq has been forced to do after the Gulf war?
know that we are living in world of double standards. In Fallujah, they have
created a new vague target,: AL ZARQAWI. This is a new pretext to justify their
crimes, killing and daily bombardment of civilians. Almost a year has elapsed
since they created this new pretext, and whenever they destroy houses, mosques,
restaurants, and kill children and women they said "we have launched a
successful operation against Al-Zarqawi." They will never say that they have
killed him, because there is no such a person. And that means the killing of
civilian and the daily genocide will continue.
people of Fallujah assure you that this person, if he exists, is not in Fallujah
and is probably not anywhere in Iraq. The people of Fallujah have announced many
times that any person who sees Al-Zarqawi should kill him. Now everybody
realises that this man is just a hypothetical hero created by the Americans. At
the same time the representative of Fallujah, our tribal leader, has denounced
on many occasions the kidnapping and killing of civilians, and we have no links
to any groups committing such inhuman behaviour.
Excellency, we appeal to you, and to all world leaders to exert the
greatest pressure on the American administration to stop their crimes in
Fallujah and withdraw their army far away from the city. The city was very quiet
and peaceful when its people ran it. We didn't witness any disorder in the city.
The civil administration was going well given its limited recourses. We simply
didn't welcome the occupation forces. This is our right according to the UN
Charter, international law and the norms of humanity. If the Americans believe
in the opposite, they should first from the UN and all its agencies before
acting in a way contrary to the Charter they signed.
very urgent that your Excellency, along with the world leaders, intervenes in a
speedy manner to prevent a new massacre.
have tried to reach your representatives in Iraq, so as to ask them to be more
active in this regard, but as you know they are living in the Green Zone where
we cannot contact them. We want the UN to be involved in the situation in
Fallujah so as to avoid a new massacre.
have tried to reach you through different channels and by asking our friends to
convey this letter to your office in New York or Geneva with the hope that it
will reach you. At the same time we appeal to you to urge the UN agencies in
Iraq to take an active role in protecting civilians and preventing the new
massacre which the Americans and the puppet government are planning to start
soon in Fallujah as well as many part of our country.
Kassim Abdullsattar al-Jumaily
The Study Center
of Human Rights & Democracy
behalf of the people of Fallujah and for:
Al-Fallujah Shura Council
The Bar Association
The Teacher Union
Council of Tribes Leaders
The House of Fatwa and Religious Education