Ex-Kuwaiti prisoner recounts bitter memories in book

Cover of the book
Cover of the book

KUWAIT CITY, April 16, (KUNA): Twenty-five years have passed since the former Iraqi regime launched the 1990 aggression on the Kuwait, however bitter memories of the aggression linger on, particularly among former and surviving prisoners. Retired Colonel Nasser Sultan Salmeen shares his experience with the public in his book, “Diary of a Kuwaiti in Iraqi prisons — we will not forget,” depicting cruelty of languishing behind iron bars of the defunct regime’s prisons, experienced by hundreds of other fellow citizens.

Ret Col Salmeen wrote in his 304-page book that imprisonment was the toughest period of his life and only faithfulness to Kuwait soothed the pain and hardships, aggravated with torture and maltreatment.

In his somber narrative, the retired colonel wrote that the Kuwaiti prisoners, in the early period of their imprisonment, were in a state of shock and grief for separation from the homeland. The prisoners, in addition to the suffering behind the bars, were deeply worried about Kuwait’s destiny after it had fallen prey to KUNA photo Cover of the book Saddam’s regime claws.

The prisoners, in their state of weakness, were subjected to various methods of pressure by the Iraqis, seeking to persuade some of the inmates to cooperate. In addition to the psychological pressure, they had to withstand and survive poor feeding and lack of hygiene and healthy conditions. However, they had managed to cooperate, help and motivate each other’s to steadfast and hide identity of some of them who had served in the military or held key posts.

The book mentioned that relevant UN resolutions that urged the regime to pullout, the liberation operation start, comeback of the legitimate leadership, namely the late Amir His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Saad Al-Abdullah Al- Salem Al-Sabah, “when a new dawn was born for the homeland with the withdrawal of the occupiers, enforcement of the cease-fire and the joyful release of the prisoners.”

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