Each part of Kuwait may be characterized by main types
of damage suffered during and after Iraq's occupation.
The South was consumed by oil fires and its desert
marred by miles of trenches and millions of land mines.
The Coast was defiled by a deliberate massive oil spill
into the Gulf, miles of trenches, and land mines; its ships,
ports, bridges, and resorts were demolished. The City
saw an assault on the national identity plus massive
looting and destruction of homes, businesses, and public
property. The Suburbs too sustained massive looting and
destruction of homes, businesses, and institutes; at the
nation's only commercial airport, planes and parts were
stolen. The North was lit up with oil fires and the Middle
East's first satellite telecom center was destroyed. After
the occupation, a black blanket of smoke shut out the
sun and linked all the regions with daytime darkness.
The Human Cost spanned all regions. Thousands
were terrorized and tortured and hundreds were killed,
regardless of nationality. In sparsely populated Kuwait,
everyone knew someone through family or friendship
who had been abused or killed or who was missing.
An entire landscape transformed into an inferno by hundreds of
blazing oil wells
Utter ruin at the museum for science and natural history
A wrecked land-to-satellite telecommunications complex
The severed Bubiyan Bridge from the mainland to the nation's largest island
The sky at 10 a.m. and the loss of daylight for months
The Human Cost
The government agency for handling martyrs' affairs