Friday, July 20, 2007
My Age Is The Same As The Olive Tree
That's what one Iraqi man had tattooed on his shoulder so that his parents would be able to identify him in the event his unrecognizable corpse ends up in a garbage dump, or a morgue, or floating in a river. It's become a commonplace response to the constant threat of sudden death.
And according to the article, it's not just to help families achieve emotional closure. A new racket spreading through the country involves using mobile phones collected at the sites of suicide bombings to convince families that a loved one has been kidnapped. Once the ransom has been paid, the "kidnappers" reveal that the loved one is in fact dead.