Qassim Al Breesam
Born in Basrah in 1948, he worked as a lecturer at Basrah
University. Four of his relatives were executed. He was arrested in
his hometown after the 1991 uprising, was transferred to the Al
Radhwaniya Palace Prison where he endured three years of terror and
pain. He still carries the mental and physical scars to this day.
Qassim was among those prisoners paraded in shackles before Ali
Hassan Al Majid, known as Chemical Ali. He wrote a book about his
experience entitled “The Spark and the Ashes”. His testimony was
recorded on September 5th 2004.