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Thousands remain missing after Iraq’s victories over Islamic State

Iraqi government bureaucracy, inefficiency and neglect have left thousands of families across the nation hanging, even as the leadership celebrates the defeat of the militants

By Susannah George  /  AP, MOSUL, Iraq

During the height of the fighting, the small rooms used as makeshift cells were packed with prisoners.

“We know that this is a violation of human rights,” he said.

The squalid conditions were due to the backlog of cases in Baghdad, he said, and families were unable to track down arrested relatives until the detainees were processed in the capital.

Rami Saad continues to look.

The search has taken him to government detention centers and hospitals in and around Mosul, as well as lawyers’ offices in Baghdad.

Rami Saad traveled to the Iraqi Ministry of Health’s forensic department in Mosul to look over lists of people confirmed killed by the Islamic State group. If Abdulrahman Saad’s death could be established, at least his wife would receive his pension.

“But we didn’t find my father’s name,” Rami Saad said, and so “we have a glimmer of hope. Perhaps he is still alive.”

Additional reporting by Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Salar Salim,

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