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Iraq – Body Counting and Life Cartooning.

Today (27th of July) Iraq Body Count counts:

Saturday 26th of July: 48 killed

July casualties so far: 1, 285 civilians killed.

Documented civilian deaths from violence (since 2003): 126, 691 – 141, 611

Total violent deaths including combatants (since 2003): 193, 000

Bad days, bad months, bad years for Iraqi people. How to deal with it? Here’s one way.

Abdul Raheem Yassir (b. 1951, Qadisiyah, Iraq) is widely regarded as one of the best political cartoonists now working in Iraq, responding to the absurdity of his circumstances with ironic humour and poignancy. His style is smart in the way it suggests innocence, knowing in its directness. His work is politically charged and socially critical, and – very important – widely accessible.

Here are some of his great works.











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 /all images © Abdul Raheem Yassir/


For more on Abdul Raheem Yassir and his work, visit his facebook page and Ruya Foundation.

//Iraq Body Count (IBC) records the violent civilian deaths that have resulted from the 2003 military intervention in Iraq. Its public database includes deaths caused by US-led coalition forces and paramilitary or criminal attacks by others. IBC’s documentary evidence is drawn from crosschecked media reports of violent events leading to the death of civilians, or of bodies being found, and is supplemented by the careful review and integration of hospital, morgue, NGO and official figures. If you can, help them by spreading the word about their important work and donating.//


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