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Prison for children of Iraqis of Iranian origin turns into museum

Iraq TV had a documentary on Monday night on notorious Nugrat us-Salman Prison in that country's Al-Muthanna Province, where the children of Iraqis of Iranian origin who were themselves forced to immigrate to Iran, were once kept for years, IRNA reported from Ilam, Iran.

The provincial council of Al-Muthanna has decided to turn the prison into a museum, according to the Iraq TV report.

Located at Iraq's border with Saudi Arabia, Nugrat us-Salman was once the horrendous house to innocent Iraqi youngsters of Iranian origin above 18, who had been detached from their parents that were deported to Iran by the criminal gang of the ousted Iraqi tyrant, Saddam Hussain.

Iraq TV, monitored here at IRNA bureau in Iran's Ilam Province added, "Dozens of the members of a French human rights organization called 'For the Sake of the Truth' visited the Nugrat us-Salman Prison on Monday in an attempt to record the previous Iraqi regime's extent of the violations of human rights."

It added, "A number of Iraqi youths of Iranian origin, who had miraculously managed to escape the Nugrat us-Salman Prison in late years of the 1980s, told the French human rights delegation about the horrendous living conditions they had experienced there."

The secretary-general of the French organization said while visiting the prison, "The position of Nugrat us-Salman at the heart of the barren Samava Desert in Iraq's Al Muthanna Province proves that those who were transferred to this remote parts of Iraq, away from civilized life, were doomed to remain here for good."

Nugrat us-Salman Prison was constructed back in 1937 by a Japanese construction engineering firm, but the heavy sand storms of the region destroyed its columns in 30 years. In 1968, the Ba'th Party of Iraq chose a better position for constructing a new prison on nearby hills.

This horrendous prison, situated at the center of a desert with no trace of life, or the necessities of a civil life, was referred to as Iraq's Hell in that country.

Besides the Iraqi youth of Iranian origin, the ousted regime of Saddam Hussain also kept its political prisoners at Nugrat us-Salman Prison.

In 1980, the Ba'th Party of Iraq deported 500,000 Iraqis of Iranian origin to Iran, on pretext that they did not have Iraqi birth certificates.

Confiscation of their life time earnings, and house appliances, and separation of their youth from them, were among Saddam's regime's broad violations of the human rights.

The past Iraqi regime housed homeless Iraqis at those deported citizens' house, and gave the new owners also land ownership documents for their farms.

Some of those Iraqis are still living in camps in Iran, including Ashrafi Esfahani Township near Ahwaz, waiting for the new rulers in Iraq to issue permits allowing them to return to their country, Iraq.

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