Photographic evidence of the Iraqi regime's destruction in Kuwait from August 1990 through February 1991
  Overview   The South   The Coast   The City   The Suburbs   The North   The Human Cost

Overview

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.

 

The South

An entire landscape transformed into an inferno by hundreds of blazing oil wells

The City

Utter ruin at the museum for science and natural history

The North

A wrecked land-to-satellite telecommunications complex
 

The Coast

The severed Bubiyan Bridge from the mainland to the nation's largest island

The Suburbs

The sky at 10 a.m. and the loss of daylight for months

The Human Cost

The government agency for handling martyrs' affairs

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