The story of the Abu Ghraib human rights violations sends a chilling reminder: wars don’t merely destroy infrastructures and boundaries. They can also erode the very essence of humanity.

Abu Ghraib, once an obscure prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, is now synonymous with a series of images that shocked the global conscience. 

These photographs, leaked to the public in 2004, captured the inhumane treatment and torture of prisoners by some members of the U.S. military. The images unveiled a dark underbelly of the war in Iraq, a facet many would rather forget. But forget we must not. Just because the enemy is capable of unspeakable atrocities and war crimes does not give us a license to do the same. 

Looking into the Abu Ghraib human rights violations is about understanding systemic and psychological issues. It’s also about the societal pressures that allowed such atrocities to occur.