INTRODUCTION: The 13-month-old war between Iran and Iraq has resulted in large number of prisoners being taken by both sides.
GV Watchtower prison camp in Iran TILTS DOWN prisoners behind wire fence. 0.08
SV Iranian guard speaking in English. 0.38
GV & PAN Prisoners playing football. 0.50
GV Prisoners playing volleyball. 1.00
GV PAN Iraqi prisoners. (2 SHOTS) 1.07
SV Prisoner speaking to journalists. (2 SHOTS) 1.30
GV & PAN Prison dormitories. 1.39
SV Prisoners preparing food in kitchen. (4 SHOTS) 1.55
GV Prisoners dancing, watches clapping and singing. 2.06
GV PAN Prisoners inside compound. 2.16
INTRODUCTION: The 13-month-old war between Iran and Iraq has resulted in large number of prisoners being taken by both sides. Journalists were recently allowed into an Iranian prisoner-or-war camp to see conditions and to interview the Iraqi prisoners being held there.
Journalist and cameramen were recently allowed to film the inside of a prisoner-of-war camp in Iran.
An Iranian guard, speaking to reporters, claimed to have about 4,000 prisoners in this camp alone. He said the total was increasingly daily. A recent commission set up by order of Ayatollah Khomeini to investigate allegations of torture in both military and civilian prisons reported in April. The allegations were deemed to be without foundation. The fighting in the Gulf war is increasing, and the influx of prisoners is rising proportionately.
The Iraqi prisoners were seen playing football and volleyball, and seemed in a generally fit condition. It was claimed by Teheran the recent Iranian offensive at Abadan resulted in a further 3,000 prisoners being taken. The report was dismissed as pure imagination and lies by Iraqi's news agency.
One of the Iraqi prisoners interviewed by the team of journalists said he had been in the camp for four months and that conditions were good. Recent reports and photographs suggest that the prisoners' main source of literature consists of Islamic pamphlets. Prisoners in the early days of the war were held in civilian jails and there was doubt that should the war continue indefinitely, facilities would not be available to accommodate them in special
Large dormitories have been erected and bunk beds installed. Prisoners' facilities seem to be adequate, and there is no lack of space in either dormitory or compound. Iraqi prisoner-of-war interviewed in December, last year said they would prefer to be held in the civilian prisons. Since the war has dragged on, however, it would seem that the Iranian authorities have recognised the need for long-term prisoner-of-war camps, and have acted accordingly. Journalists were shown the prisoners preparing their own food in the camp's kitchens.
As the war continues between Iran and Iraq, both countries have had to come to terms with long-stay prisoners-of-war.
Source: AHMAD DELSHADIAN