These are comments made by people in Chicago and Los Angeles after they had viewed the Children of the Gulf War photo exhibit.


Clear Lake

Comments from Clear Lake, California:

  • Heartbreaking insights.
  • Accountability?
  • How important it is to put a human face on war.
  • Thank you for helping get this untold story out.
  • Very powerful and disturbing photos.
  • Thank you so very much for bringing the children here.
  • Man has dominated man to his injury. Soon . . . no more war. Revelation 21:3-4.
  • Very powerful exhibit.
  • Sadness.
  • Important exhibit.
  • Great.
  • It's a very important message. Thank you.
  • When will we ever learn? When will we ever learn? Thank you, Lyn.
  • Thank you for shedding light.
  • Thank you for this display.
  • Thank you for arranging this exhibit. We need more eductation, not less.
  • Thank you.
  • Thank you for this information.
  • Very moving, more people need to know.
  • Totally shocking. Unbelievable. We had no idea. God help us.
  • Thank you.
  • Powerful
  • Photos like these should be on billboards so that all know.
  • It's things like this that lower my pride for America.
  • Excellent (He's a physician's assistant in the Middle East -- says familiar with the problem)
  • Very nice.
  • Reminds me of Vietnam. I was a combat photographer. Outstanding photojournalism.
  • I think that this is very sad to see these kids.
  • Very sad and disappointment.
  • I liked it and it taught me a lot
  • It was very nice and I enjoyed it.
  • Heartbreaking.
  • More of this information should be available to our community.
  • Interesting subject. Great pictures.
  • Very provocative exhibit.
  • Love the children. Depressing at best
  • We must work for a world beyond . . . without war that is the only answer.
  • Worth seeing twice.
  • Thank you.
  • How moving.
  • I am ashamed of what our government has done.
  • Both Bushes should be tried for war crimes.
  • I had to come back.
  • Very eye-opening. This is over-the-top evil.
  • Shocking. So sad that people do such cruel things to other people.

  • Please send these to every member of the U.S Congress. You are doing god’s work.

  • I can’t believe that as Americans we have no sympathy, compassion and humanity to let this happen not once, but twice. I am embarrassed & ashamed.

  • Many will see and many will feel deep in their hearts that is what happening is a big crime….but I don’t think their voices will be always soft!! In the country of freedom the voices of generals are louder!
    (A. Daood Iraqi from Basara the city which was a heaven on earth.)

  • It is very sad to these photos. I am very depressed to see children suffer and die. Thank you for doing this exhibition.

  • I wish all Americans could see these photographs. It is so indescribable, tragic what has happened in Iraq and unbelievable that our government is considering attacking them again.

  • Thank you for bringing these images to us. In the U.S., it is so easy to remove ourselves from the suffering of the world. May these images haunt us as we decided the fate of nations with less light than us.

  • Thank you for this honest and difficult work. I am so glad to have it in our library. I hope these painful images can encourage us to think about what it means to be in support of a war.

  • Pictures speak louder than words. I commend the photographer for stepping across boundaries to show the reality of what happened and is happening in Iraq. The human consequences of injustice and war. Your work is definitely appreciated and will hopefully shred light on this issue.

  • Humans are well versed in depravity. This exhibition understates the latter with the force at major adjectives pumped well through pictures. We are all becoming extendable segments like the dust that brews on clatter.

  • As an American, I don’t support the U.S. Government’s War on Iraq. In matters of war, I see the government as a big bully and wanting to kill because Iraq no longer wants to be a puppet!
    Jesus, please have mercy and protect the innocent people in Iraq.

  • Let’s see the other side. What did it look like when the Kurds were attacked with chemical warfare? What did it look like when Iraq invaded Kuwait? These are also horrific images, but is that supposed to justify our actions against Iraq. Because Iraq is not just one man, Iraq is home to millions of people. What Suddam Hussain has is not an accurate reflection of what Iraqis wanted, just as I pray that what George Bush wants is not an accurate depiction of American intentions.

  • These pictures are wonderful depictions of how inhumane we can be. The most disturbing aspect is not the visuals themselves, however, but the sad realization that these atrocities will happen again and again. If God is in the details, then these pictures show a God we shouldn’t waste our time believing in.

  • It’s sad that you’d wish death on Americans. But Americans die every day. Right here in Chicago and other cities in this country, We die of gang violence, domestic violence, drug over dose, car accidents etc. We lose love ones as well. So there you have it. Feel better now?

  • These photographs are an excellent way of showing how we, as humans need to care for each other despite our individual beliefs. Tolerance should prevail for our children’s future. Thank you- I hope your message is spread throughout the world.

  • As I walked quickly through the library, with my own agenda in my mind, these pictures grabbed me. I felt many things, and I thought many things. This is the result of your courage and effort.

  • It represents reality, and the hidden beauty of other parts of the world! Peace

  • Beauty!? What’s so beautiful…it’s a disturbing reality through which no one should go or experience. Thank you!

    These photos are wonderful because they show Iraqis as people, humans. The majority of these atrocities have been created by those with power and money. Namely the U.S. we are responsible for these terrible atrocities. The people in Iraq (and Palestine, and worldwide) are beautiful, intelligent people, and these pictures depict their strength and courage. Thank you

  • Takashi Morizumi:
    Thank you so much for all this work, I am thankful and grateful for all you have reached this country “Iraq”. And I am here ,I am from “Basra,” and I am an activist “photographer and painter,” I was working with UN as war photojournalist, but life and politic never gave me chance to put my people and my home in the public eyes. I am so sad and happy in the same time that there is somebody who will do what I conducted to do.

  • I cried. Thank you Takashi Morizumi.

  • To All,
    May each of us take a different road, the destination shall remain the same. May these pictures remind us why we must continue to travel.

  • Takashi Morizumi-
    Simply beautiful! Thank you for bringing these images & stories to us. It is obvious that Iraq needs our help not our war. Thank you for your bravery!

  • God Bless the Human Race not just America. We are not the only people.

Los Angeles - UCLA

The format of the following comments:
Comment Number: 000
Personal information: Age M = male / F = female

23 M
This exhibit deserves more exposure. How do pro-war activists react to it?

19 F
Some of the pictures were really really difficult to look at and that’s bad enough but I’m really glad that they are being shown to the public. We need more angles on a region of the world that is simply being ignored as evil.

23 M
Very moving and sad. One day U.S. will no longer be the winner of every war and the truth will be exposed.

24 F
Heart-breaking. Honest. Thank you. Should be shown everywhere.

19 F
I found the picture to be both terrifying and at times, beautiful. It is important to view world events from every angle possible. Equally significant is the world’s responsibility to be aware of the consequences of decisions. I am not saying that I disagree with the United State’s policy toward Iraq, but I do feel that it is necessary to understand the repercussions of actions taken. Only through exposure to the effects of nuclear weapons can we perhaps improve technology or better yet, foreign relations in order that tragedies, intended or completely accidental, may be prevented.

19 M
It was a great exhibit because it is about a little known topic. I enjoyed the fact that the exhibit portrayed really with trying to argue a political cause. Conclusions are left for the observer to be made. EXCELLENT!

? F
I did realize the gravity of health problems like leukemia and other birth problems.

23 F
I am a person that learns via pictures. This info provided will allow me to retain all the horrendous events that took place since 1988 and now. Wonderful work.

26 M
I thought the display was a good expose. I really appreciated that the photographer didn’t moralize. He just presented his documents, explained the scene, and allowed the viewers to absorb what is in front of them. As someone who has relatives in Iraq, I only wish more people who aren’t directly connected to Iraq, would realize what the situation is over there.

20 F
Very touching, very powerful pictures of these children and living conditions. Quite an eye-opener for L.A.
Thank you so much for showing this with me/us!

20 F
It’s nice to see an exhibit like this in time like this. It really opens people’s eyes. I’ve been pretty pissed about the war but I never really give it much thought. Many people don’t. We’re so removed from it. Seeing pictures like these is a real eye-opener and makes the horrors our country has (and still is) committed more real to me.
Thanks for this exhibit.

22 M
Thank you so much for the exhibit. It is so important for people to see this. I am in owe and I am so grateful that someone is showing us the truth. Please show this exhibit everywhere it is possible. There is such a need for this awareness.

? F
Very sweet capture of the innocent children or Iraq.

18 M
deeply moving…

25 ?

? F
Take this to more places!

32 M
Very shocking, very informative, very timely and forever relevant!

21 F
The photographs were very moving and touched me. I almost cried when I saw the side effects of the war and nuclear warfare. I had no idea things were so bad. Living here in the US, we tend to overlook what’s going on in the world because we don’t think it affects us. This exhibit really opened my eyes and makes me more aware of the suffering going on in the world. Many of the victims are only innocent children; they shouldn’t have to worry about such tings. It is so sad. I wish the ward would end.

21 F
It was a very touching exhibit. It definitely makes everyone wanna cry their hearts out and it also makes me wonder how Bush would have felt if he had seen these pictures. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t even care or how would he feel if one of his daughters was diagnosed with leukemia due to depleted uranium!!

20 F
Very disturbing, it brought tears to my eyes (really). It is sad but people need to see it.

29 F
I thought the photographs to be a real eye-opener to the kinds of atrocities against the people of Iraq. I wish more of these kinds of human images could be viewed by a larger audience. Thanks!

22 F
Very informative. There should be more information available to a variety of people.

19 F
I think that the pictures that you took for this exhibit are incredible. They’re beautiful and also very informative to me as a citizen of America. I had no idea that children’s cases were so severe in Iraq and I believe that using pictures to demonstrate what the U.S.’s weapons do to innocent children is very powerful. Good work!

19 M
Each picture really demonstrated the effects of uranium/nuclear pollution from the war. The emphasis on humanity, life, children and family is especially powerful. The shocking images of the deformed children especially change the viewer into a realization. The captions were also really good in informing what happened, who did it….

32 M
The images are very powerful. Unfortunately, the suffering depicted in such images generates a sense of despair and impotence in the observer. These are images of a past that has not left our existence it carries on as a symbol at our inhumanity and lack of respect for suffering.

47 M
War is horrible. This type of exhibit should be shown more in many cities as possible. Great work. Hopefully, we can have such exposure in Australia. Thanks again.

21 F
I think that as much as we all feel like we are informed and politically aware and conscious were not! We don’t know jack shit! I am an American but at the same time, I am a middle eastern. I feel like America blindly does injustice to the people of the Middle East (Sadly, I feel that they do this knowingly). Watching Western media gives people the notion the things are well in the world and America waged a war on Iraq to “liberate” it. This is not true. I am sick of my brothers and sisters being killed for oil. I am aware that power belongs to the people. If only more people realized this and mobilized, the faces in those pictures wouldn’t look so sad!

21 F
This was very shocking but highly informative. It’s hard to believe that such horrible things are going on in this world yet we know nothing about them. The U.S. is so isolated, and even today war is barely felt by our citizens. However, somewhere out there our activities are negatively affecting thousands of people.

40 F
This exhibit is very timely and much needed. War is so distant and emotionally foreign for Americans, but nuclear waste and cancer is not. Thank you for showing us the “leavings” of war and reminding us that PEOPLE are killed and devastated by these actions.

21 M
The exhibit shatters any arguments that a war can be waged only against a tyrannical government – the real victims are its citizens. I think the exhibit could have used some color photos. B & W is good for art but it made seem too dreamlike and from the past. And where are the dates? I otherwise enjoyed it. Much thanks.

37 M
Good for you. Thank you for bringing this to us & UCLA.

21 F
Thank you. It is so necessary to have such events to make ignorant students such as myself aware of what the remains of war are. I congratulate you for your work and wish you the best. Thank you.

30 F
It was very powerful to see these images. Thank you for sharing them and it is a very timely exhibit. Continue your wonderful/needed work.

18 M
It was a highly informative display and found it powerful. GREAT DISPLAY.

19 F
It’s horrifying, but what can someone like me do? How can I help something that seems to be beyond knowledge and understanding. How can I protest something I know so little about? What are we to do? Hate America? Hate Bush?

39 F
I’m not really quite sure what to say. The pictures and captions are quite moving and shocking. I heard about the show on KP radio. Thank you for your efforts to advertise.

21 F
Dear Mr. Morizumi
Your pictures are very powerful – they portray beauty and destruction with clarity and emotion. My favorite’s are of the girl with the veil and the family who baked bread. Their smiles and faces are very beautiful and sincere. I feel as if I already know them. The pictures of the babies born with deformities were so powerful and no baby should ever look like that. We treasure children because of their innocence, beauty and laughter. Your exhibition was made me aware that many children can’t have the chance to experience life as I have. I am part of the SGI organization and I am here as a volunteer to sponsor your exhibit. It is very interesting and enlightening when I see some of the people who have been affected by your work. Please continue your valiant efforts to humanize war.

25 M
Good Job. This is a wonderful way to challenge oppression without resorting to more oppression, more violence. Education free individuals and it frees society from its bounds.

? F
Beautiful work/art. Please tell the world through your work about the atrocities of the war. Thank you.

? ?
Aggression is one main components of human nature. Aren’t we all spiritually disabled with they physical overshadowing that spiritual, asking for forgiveness for our evils and mistakes.

? ?
This exhibit was as good as the Ansel Adams exhibit at LACMA. The photographer allowed me to see into Iraq in a way all the multimedia news coverage of the last decade has failed to do. Thank you.

55 F
An extremely powerful exhibit! I would like to applaud Mr. Morizumi for carrying out the work that is important and inspiring.

20 F
Thank you so much, for doing this. Thank you for showing us these disturbing images that we will never get to see in the media and that most of us try to avoid as hard as possible, anyways. I cannot imagine the horror that we have inflicted upon these people. Thank you, again, this was a powerful exhibit.

20 F
I don’t even know what to say. But thank you. I don’t know what to do, but thank you. I had never known this was happening.

24 M
A lot of these photos are hard to look at. Thank you for bringing some reality to this UCLA campus. The most powerful images to me are the ones showing smiles. The people seem to be genuinely happy with what they have (outside of the leukemia ward). It’s hard to imagine a life in Iraq without sanitations. Thank you for this.

22 F
Very powerful exhibit. Thank you for showing people what the US media refuses to and for opening people’s eyes to the human costs of war.

? M
Magnificent exhibit that humanize the victims of the Gulf War.

50 F
This war is disgusting. Thank you for showing evidence of the next generation war.

? M
Without viewing world events through the lens of cause and effect, one becomes detached from suffering of others, especially in a far-off land. Many Americans do not have desire or capacity to witness such exhibitions as this without the means to regain hope. It is the responsibility of journalists and photographers to not only report the news accurately, but to go deeper into the intricate causes in which we all have a part to play. Those causes, when spelled out simply for common people, will bring renewed hope and the desire to take actions necessary to be “proactive” with nonviolent approaches to radical change. It is a task best accepted widely when done culturally, in a nonpartisan, nonsectarian, nonpolitical forum. If this important task of reporting the deeper causes of world events does not connect the common person, then naturally a nationalistic culture will grow resulting in the semi-deaf/blind trust in leaders vested with the expectations to “take care of the problem” with militaristic solutions.

19 F
Disturbing now finding truth can be so shocking. The photos show so much that can’t be put into words. I didn’t’ know about depleted uranium before, but now that I have caught a glimpse at its effects on the nation and its children, I’m appalled that a nation that considers itself so civilized can do this to other human beings. Excellent exhibit.

20 F
The images are very powerful. This issue is not being addressed and should be. Until this moment I was unaware of what was taking place. I think many would be concerned about what is taking place.

48 F
Very shocking, but tells the story of war and children.

24 M
Very good job! Very thought provoking.

20 F
Thank you so much for bringing this exhibit to UCLA. I think it has opened many eyes here. It is amazing how well you have captured the effect that US imperialism has on the most innocent of victims and children.

? F
Thanks for showing the real face of war. I hope you could present the latest pictures from Iraq, because it is too late to talk about the first GULF WAR.
Please unveil the current suffering of Iraqi people as well as the suffering of Afghani people who lost their lives in the war of terror. Thanks.

? ?
Great informative photographs. A true artist. Never less, I can’t help but see the photos as very anti war when in actuality (I hope ) it should send a message of Anti Sadam. These children are being exposed to toxic through the very nuclear weapons that Saddam refuses to let go of. Also... why are these children who are completely innocent dying , due to no fault of these own? One of the main arguments is inadequate health care in hospitals due to lack of finances. Make me question the government effectiveness of Sadam’s tyranny in a land with immeasurable potential oil profit. Where is this $ going?

19 F
Effective photography. Captured faces and effects of war. How can more people find out about DU? The government says that these low levels of radiation are not harmful. I had swallowed that line until now. They are very obviously lying.

18 ?
There was many shocking photographs. I think this exhibit was useful because it helped open my eyes to the realities of war!

19 F
Great effective photographs.

19 F
Amazing photographs with shocking and saddening images.

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? M
I wish the people could suffer the same pain, then the government or people would know about it. WHERE/ WHAT ABOUT CHILDREN RIGHTS NOW. USA NO USE OF UN ANYMORE. and if it was USA suffering the UN or all the rights come up.
Shame on you.

51 F
Excellent timely exhibit.

22 ?
I found this to be very interesting and educational. I never knew about DEPLETED URANIUM and its radiation effects. The photographs were very emotional and amazing.

21 F
Send these pictures to the WHITE HOUSE!!!! and then maybe the PENTAGON!!!!

20 F
This was a real eye- opener. More people need to be informed about what really goes on.

20 F
These are images not published in the media here. I found them very eye opening, seeing those who have first hand suffered from such terrible military weapon. A lot of the children could have been the future of Iraq, but now they are in poverty, or dead. I think you should try to publicize these pictures on a more massive scale. Images say more then words.

22 F
I wish I had more time to look at the pictures and to read all the captions. I will be coming back to look again. I thought the pictures of the children were beautiful, especially the boy in the tomato fields. I had no idea so many children were suffering because of DEPLETED URANIUM.

20 F
The pictures were very disturbing. They informed me of what has happened and continue to happen in the gulf, so that I can see for myself exactly what is the truth. There are many misconceptions and false statement made by politicians. I only know what I hear but now I feel I know more.

18 F
Thank you for the exhibit. It was very disturbing yet beautiful. Funny how there are so many smiles, really shows that pictures do not tell everything.

? 17
So many of the pictures were so graphic. I really did not know what the stuff could do to you. I thought the picture comp was great and that it should be shown in other places.

45 M
Made me think more.

20 M

20 ?
I have never really seen first hand the effects of war on generation after ( post war ). It moved me greatly. I am left kind of in shock, and I am thinking about what havoc this war is going to leave when US troops leave.

47 ?
It is a nice exhibition.

26 ?
Informative. Hope that things get better now that the war is over.

21 M
Shocking. Very uncomfortable to think that occurrences and tragedies like this are taking place while we here in the US know nothing about it. Shows how uninformed many are.

20 F
This exhibit opens your eyes. Some of it is quite shocking but informative. These are great pictures that make people aware of what is out there and how people less fortunate than us live.

23 F
This is the first time that I learn about Depleted Uranium. It is really heartbreaking.

23 F
I am hearing this term more and more. However I have not grasped how Depleted Uranium continues to harm and how severely it does this until now. This exhibit reminds me of going to the Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki. Sometimes it really does take pictures to show the devastating effects words cannot express. This exhibit was very powerful. Thank you very much.

22 F
Very excellent exhibit. Good quality photos, that show the reality of war. Especially in this time, an exhibit like this is needed to show people what the Iraqi people are facing and how they live. It was very informative and very moving. Thank you.

20 F
Your pictures are really amazing and the stories involved are even more so.
Please continue to inform others of the atrocities of war through your talent.

18 F
This was the most touching galley I have ever seen. I did not walk in expecting to cry for every child in the pictures. It is just feel so wrong to know that I am here living my life without worries while there're millions of people around the world suffering. It is hard to see them and not understand why I am not the one in the picture.

21 M
Thank you Morizumi-san. Thank you for sharing the lives of our brothers and sisters who have been effected by man creation. A question came to my mind: Is there truly a god? There must be for my heart long for the deliverance of these my brethren. I ask why do I live so comfortably? Then the reply comes, This is not your life alone; this life belongs to them, those in the pictures. Thank you for opening my heart. May we truly die that others may live? Thank you Mr. Morizumi.

20 M
It hurts to know that there are many things which the general public does not know. If only people knew them they would see things differently.

22 M
I found the exhibit to be very powerful and informative. It really humanizes the “other” side of the war. It shows how “liberated” people are going to be after sanctions and continued bombing. Thank you for inspiring people. I am a pre-med student, and we are sometimes unaware of the effects of war all around the war.

21 M
I felt that the exhibit was extremely important. It confirmed my fears about Depleted Uranium.

19 F
A very powerful and emotive exhibit. Although the pictures were few, they were enough to give a strong impact. It is so easy to remain unaware and blind to the atrocities that take place in our world for absolutely unjustifiable reasons. Politic is never a good enough reason to cause so many innocent people infinite pain and anguish. I am very glad that the school is not afraid to expose truth about misguided foreign policies and their evil ramifications. We really all need to pray daily and work towards peace on earth and good will towards ALL.

21 M
I knew about Depleted Uranium, but I did not know the effects to the human body. I do not stand on either side (pro/con) about this war, but both sides of people must know about the fact which is the aftermath of previous war. Any justice, freedom, peace etc. is meaningless without the truth that is going on.

20 F

21 F
Beautiful exhibit! I am so touched, especially by the picture of the woman holding the hand of her child bleeding to death. These photos are incredibly provocative and I look forward to seeing more! It is so important to see the side of the Iraqis.

35 F
Very compelling and emotionally moving photographs. Thank you for sharing!

28 F

27 ?
Very good pictures. Horrifying reality.

20 F
Many of the pictures gave a sad but real truth of what has been going on as well as what is going on. This exhibit is an effective way of educating the community.

20 F
I didn’t know about how many children & people were affected by leukemia. It is very sad & I hope something can be able to give them much needed Medication & treatment. Thank you for making me now aware of the problem.

21 F
It was very shocking and upsetting to see what Depleted Uranium has caused in the youth. The pictures captured so much pain and agony.

? F
Incredibly powerful exhibit! Very important for all to see the personal side of the devastating effects of war. Children are the real victims as the photographer shows us. This is a very important exhibit. Photos show us the truth. Please keep taking pictures of the beautiful children who need to be remembered.

25 F
I think your pictures are striking and I hope more people have a chance to see what you have put on display. Most importantly this display shows the extent of collating damage & makes it more difficult to dismiss the U.S.’s military strikes.

33 M
Very powerful images that tell a side of the story that we rarely have about in the U.S. Thank you for providing this exhibit. The full story needs to be told.

18 F
I had no idea what depleted uranium was before.

22 F
The exhibit was very informative and was a good reminder about the effects of war. I personally have a passion for children and seeing their faces in the pictures spoke to my heart. I think it is important for such exhibits to appear on campuses but also for the general public as well. Morizumi beautifully captures the images of reality and the consequences of our actions.

28 M
War is inexcusable way to solve the problem. All I can say is that human beings are so greedy that some people do not care about other lives. WAR has to be eliminated!!!

21 M
This exhibit was extremely powerful. Seeing the pictures of these poor innocent child forever scared by the mindless violence of my government takes me to a place beyond sadness and anger. Above all it confirms my beliefs about the inhumanity of war and my need to bring social change to this world however I can. Thank you for your message. Thank you for not letting us stay blind to the terrorism we conduct. Ignorance is deadly.

18 F
These were really shocking and moving. I had known that tragedies had been implemented upon during the Gulf War, but you tend to hear statistics rather than see the faces. Thank you for having this exhibit.

24 F
I like the exhibition. I think people must to know which are the unsecured of a war. In few years those will be the possible another thrive in Iraq. Very nice photography.

20 F
This exhibition horrified me and awoke my realization of the atrocities against civilians in Kuwait. Such images are usually censored on television, but I believe the public can’t be lied to about what is actually occurring.

22 M
Very disturbing and sad images.

20 F
Was this exhibit incurring terrible feelings of the war?

21 F
I think this exhibit needs to travel across the country and end up on the White House front lawn, so that Bush Jr. has to go to sleep every night with these images in his mind. Thanks so much for your bravery; it must not have been easy to photograph such atrocities.
23 F
I was incredibly moved by this exhibit…the images are disturbing and chill you to the bone. The people are so beautiful. It’s easy to get caught up in this little microcosm we live in called Los Angeles—thank you for opening our eyes. I wish there was something I could do. The story about Safaa and her veil especially touched me. There is such a purity and innocence in all children ever when we knew they will not survive long… I love that everything was in black and white as well. And the photo with the girl starring at the camera with an old man’s hands on her shoulders was wonderful. Keep photography and spreading love. Peace.

? ?
Very interesting photographs. Sad.

25 F
Knowing facts and seeing truths are two different things. Great exhibit! I’m glad I came.

17 F
These photographs were among the most powerful and moving photos I’ve ever seen. They affected me deeply. Please continue to document what is happening in Iraq so that it can be stopped.

17 F
I found your exhibit to be extremely moving, informative, and insightful. I’m always trying to learn more about Iraq and its past and current situations and this was truly “a one-of-a-kind” treat. Your photos were very moving and gave me a chance to experience how many of the beautiful people of Iraq live.

24 F
It was very hurtful! Thanks for the awareness.

21 M
I found the exhibit every informative and pictures of the children touched me dearly. I’m going to do my own researches on the subject and spread the “depleted uranium” issue on to my friends. I commend you for taking action in this case.

25 F
I think this exhibit is a powerful reminder of the multiple effects of war that people (Americans) have the luxury of remaining uninformed and “believable” (irresponsible) for. Ignorance is bliss but someone else’s harsh reality. People need to be aware of the effects of our actions.

25 F
I felt really sad about the consequences of any war. We don’t get to see realities like these in our backyards (U.S.). This motivates me to step-out of my comfort zone and do something direct with marginalized population.

28 M
It was really impressive, I didn’t know about it. I feel so sad…

14 M
Very informative excellent exhibit. We need more of this sort of thing at UCLA.

29 M
I hardly kept my tears not down when saw the pictures. We’re not informed the real story of people. Thank you for your effort to disseminate the agony of suffering people. May god praise your efforts. Thanks.

28 F
This a great exhibit — very shocking but extremely important to see. More people need to be informed and aware.

34 M
The blown up baby was scary. I am praying. What else can we do?

41 F
Please invite President Bush and his National Security Advisors to witness the distraction of a people! These photos should be shown around the world.

21 M
Very well done exhibit. I hope many people who are “pro-war” take the time to look at this exhibit.

21 F
Very touching, I did not expect to be so moved. You look at the newspaper these days and see damage to the cities and to the palaces, but not to the children and their families, innocent civilians. This exhibit captured the essence of brutality and humankind at its worst.

17 F
The photographs showed the realistic side of war thus remind us of the war in Iraq right now. It is so miserable that I can really feel it right now.

? ?
American media never publicizes the use of these DU bombs. This exhibition is helpful in bring up this to people’s attention and more showed be done on this horrible issue.

20 M
I know the now political character is effective, but I wasn’t sure until the last few shots whether the presence of depleted uranium was the responsibility of the U.S. or other forces in the Gulf War. (Because I walked around the wrong way! Wow.)

34 ?
Some or actually always power plays a big role in the world of politics. Big and strong country like the U.S.A. can and would use any chemical they want, but they don’t care what the damage that they may cause. Anyway people and countries that use such chemicals, I don’t care what they are, they should be punished. Anyway, keep the good work and I hope to see more of your work in the future. Thank you.

25 F
I can’t thank you enough of what a great art you’ve done. It’s more than art; it speaks the truth and hit your heart. As a Middle Eastern girl who grew up in a 8 year war, I really appreciate your work.

43 F
“What can I do for you?” This exhibit showed the effects of nuclear war and it made me think what good can come out of war. Thank you.

23 F
I found this exhibit extremely informative and touching I did not know a lot about the Gulf war and to learn of the usage of a chemical so deadly is appalling. It hurts to know that our country has known that our country has caused so much pain to others. I thank the photographer for the information provided and for making me realize that I need to be more aware of such things.

27 M
· Powerful, disturbing, immensely sad
· Reminds us of the real suffering horrors of war - the real cost in lives, damaged lives.

17 F
I never knew the consequences that occurred after the Gulf War. Over here in America, we are blinded by the victory and we ignore the aftermath. It’s good to see that some people actually reach out and actually see the horrors that comes after a war.

? ?
You are making the assumption that depleted uranium is the cause of all illnesses and birth defects in these children. You need more scientific evidence to make this claim and state it as a fact. Cancer deaths are tragic but so is death from starvation death from preventable communicable diseases, death from lack of prenatal care, beatings, torture, are all other politically instilled evils perpetrated by the leadership in these countries. How many thousands have died as a direct result of these evils? While the people starve, and beg for even the most, primary medical care, Saddam and his cronies bask in the finest extravagances that money can buy. Your depiction has some truth, but not the whole truth. Your bias is grossly apparent to thinking individuals.

37 F
Powerful! A great way to make the PT. I commend you for your work!

22 ?
· Good exhibit, very insightful.
· Pictures were disturbing, but taught me a lot about the children of the Gulf War.

21 F
I find such exhibitions not only great and informative but necessary. This is the best way to make people see the other side. To make them see that under no circumstances should one country act violently towards another. There’s always another way. This exhibition is very emotionally charged. I don’t see how anyone can walk out of here and not think about what’s happening in the world and hopefully act on it. Beautiful pictures!!!

22 M
It is unfortunate that the U.S. media only shows the glorification of war. It is a tragedy that those real people with real problems that has arisen from the Gulf War are ignored. The American people are uniformed. What can I do to help?

19 F
I had no idea that this was going on. I’m at such a lost… I don’t know what to say, except that children don’t desire this. I look at the pictures and I see such beauty in these children but the misery that they have to suffer makes me want to cry, and let them know that I see all of this and I’m sorry that they don’t deserve this.

? ?
Good exhibition; some pictures really hit hard. Worst part is that these people didn’t have a choice. The only option they have is to deal with it.

19 F

This exhibit is truly remarkable. You did a great job showing people about the disasters left behind by uranium. I really appreciate your exhibit and wish you well in the future with other projects.

20 F
I was in complete shock looking at the photographs and it just brought a lot of sadness and anger to me. Many people don’t think about the aftermath of war and this is what happened especially with deadly chemicals like uranium. There should be more exhibits like this to inform and educate people about the damages of war!

16 F
Depleted uranium in war affects too many civilians, which defeats any purpose of war. I was shocked by the children affected by the U.S. government and war in general with uranium base weapons.

20 F
I was touched and horrified at the pictures shown of the effects of DU. I never knew these weapons existed and commend the photographer for taking those pictures and bring to light these issues and our ignorance of war.

19 F
The exhibit was truly powerful. I do not have much information on the Gulf War, but the exhibit has shown me the consequences of war. Even though, the U.S. does not feel the affect of war, others do. Unfortunately, we do not acknowledge the consequences of war, but saw war as the only answer to problems. Let’s hope that the current war in Iraq will not produce the consequences that are exhibited here in these photographs. Thank you for the information.

23 F
This exhibit artistically illustrates the presence of nuclear arms in Iraq and the Spartan attitude of the world toward Iraqi people. Not to make this a class-style-essay, but your art complements the difficult issues at stake in this war. Thank you.

26 M
This is a great job indeed. I was moved by the pictures, reminding me how pictures/photos spark a thousand times better than words. I hope you will be able to cover the devastations of the recent war as well and I hope I will get to see it. Thank you very much.

22 M
This is a very powerful and informative exhibit. These pictures truly “speak thousands of wards”. It would be amazing if Mr. Morizumi could come here and speak about his experiences. Thank you.

23 F
These pictures are heartrending, but they need to be seen. We as a society need to see these images to further understand the evils of war as this county continues to pillage and rape Iraq. This is a very powerful exhibit. Sadly, it is also a deep insight into what the repercussions of our current attack on Iraq will be. Exhibit beautifully captured the Children of Iraq.

19 F
I think the weapons of war are horrible. DU needs to be more broadly broadcasted to inform the general public that the effects and deaths of war do not end when troops pull out. It is a very admirable and honorable accomplishment that this exhibit as trying to communicate to the public. It makes me very angry to see the thoughtlessness of the U.S. and Britain to leave Iraq in such a state.

26 F
I’ll never understand war. America is not saving the world but messing around. War won’t save anyone’s life.

40 F
Very moving. Brings tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat.

17 F
This exhibit should be shown to every person who supports the war with Iraq.

19 F
The pictures were intense and let me see a side of the Gulf War that no one shows or talks about. As harrowing as the images were, it was refreshing to see.

18 F
Very powerful, moving and informative.

20 F
I think there needs to be more exhibitions like this, to inform people of the devastating effects of war. I hope Mr. Morizumi continues to photograph horrors like this, and I applaud him for his courageous and revolutionary efforts to portray the undeniable truth of war.

29 F
Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention! Your photographs are beautiful, touching and sad. I had no idea that this was occurring! Many are against the war because of personal or ideological reasons, but now you have given a voice to a more crucial reason. Our government seeing to imply that we will just pump money into these countries after war and everything will return to normal, but they fail to admit that same damage is unfixable and permanent! Thank you again for your exhibit, I hope when people see it they will realize the human side to war! Thank you!

25 M
Interesting perspectives.

22 M
The other side is never shown to Americans, and often is hidden. The truth is masked, therefore it makes our government liars, criminals, and sinners. These pictures should be revealed for all to see making the horrors of war a realization to those who support such heinous acts.

19 F
The pictures show reality. I believe that more people should be exposed to these pictures. It was good. I opened my mind to a different perspective to pain that I do not know of.

20 M
The exhibit was amazing and extremely informative. I was deeply moved by the exhibit. Thank you so much.

22 F
Very informative and moving. Showing children makes quite an impact. One could only imagine if this is what happened after the Gulf War, what is going on right now in Iraq. Thank you for this eye-opening exhibit.

22 F
I didn’t necessarily feel like this exhibit was an informative one but rather an educational one. Many of the depictions were things that I had heard or read about. Having these visual aids left impressions in my mind. Mr. Morizumi seems to be a very able and talented photographer. His images are captivating and beautiful no matter how disturbing. Thank you.

20 F
I never knew about these issues and know so affected children were. A very startling experience.

25 F
Very nice, should have more advertisement in the campus and the LA county.

21 F
Very graphic… to say the least. Gave me a lot of insight… Will stay with me for awhile.

35 M
No more war! This is a great documentary photo exhibit. We need to know what happened in Iraq through many different sources. Photography strongly shows people the tragedy of war. Thank you for teaching.

22 M
They were very good pictures. I hoped that there could have been more. A lot of people don’t have an opportunity to view these pictures, so they should see as many as they could. I hope there are more exhibitions like this one that show the suffering people throughout the world.

? M
Touch work is very important in informing Americans about these atrocities, especially as they affect children. I hope they will bring change.

40 F
I truly hope these photos awake or provoke some morale tissues in people who think this is a just war. I am so angry at what the U.S. is doing and continues to do and the people who support this as patriots. Let’s join together to stop the insanity.

23 M
I was unaware that the U.S. employed the use of DU in the Gulf War. I am still a skeptic, because I understood the use of DU was against Geneva Conventions. Nevertheless, the images are powerful and show that the world needs to take part in helping Iraq.

22 F
Thank you for putting this exhibition together. A picture remains the best means to get us back to the reality and hits us with the time meaning of suffering and pain. It is very important to have more ---- exhibitions on a campus a UCLA. Good luck.

20 F
The photography was shocking and upsetting, though artistically beautiful. I intend to tell friends about the exhibit.

36 M
Questions, which arouse: Does our “Democratic” system of government truly allow detractors to our nation’s military attack of Iraq? Have any impact on stopping atrocities of war?

20 M
Not only are the pictures great, but also I think it’s a great way to inform the public about what really goes on in the world. Most people in the U.S. think war is just a game. This is a great way to show the truth through art.

21 M
The photos taken are absolutely brilliant. Although the matter at hand is saddening. The photos capture the moods of the Iraqi people beautifully. After coming to this exhibit, I plan to find out more information about DU. Please send me any information you may have.

21 F
It’s very disturbing to see what these children are going through when none of what’s going on in the world has to do with them.

? M
Thank you for setting up and informing individuals.

21 F
I think that the struggle and the implications of war become much more impacting when a face is put to them.

30 F
I am so glad you have this exhibit up right now. It really shows that this invasion of Iraq that we supposedly “won” in three weeks (according to Rumsfield et al) really has been a war ongoing since the first Gulf War. It enrages me to see suffering such as this perpetuated by the U.S. government, but I’m glad there are photographers such as Mr. Morizumi telling the story. Thank you!

19 F
I had heard about how Iraqi people have suffered from cancer after Desert Strom, but I was not sure why or how exactly. This exhibit helped to answer that. Putting faces to the people we hear about inspires me to learn more about the Iraqi people and what’s going on. Thank you.

50 M
Thank you! Very timely. Please continue. We also need to see what the recent war has done. I’ll spread the word.

22 F
The realness of this exhibit brought tears to my eyes. It is simply unfathomable that the people’s suffering, starvation and death can be ignored at the hands of the world. The corporate greed that drives the U.S. government disgusts me. When people become nothing more than “collateral damage” who are deprived of food and medicine due to the economic interests of the upper crust. I am very glad that there is an exhibit like this that can show the reality behind what is happening. It was very powerful. Thank you!

37 F
Horrible pictures. Very touching. However, as far as I know, the photographer has been terribly misled by the Iraqis.

20 F
Thank you so much. This was an incredibly informative and poignant exhibit. It is one thing to imagine Iraq at this time, but I think this exhibit really helped get more of a feel for what these people are going though. I only wish that everyone could come to see this exhibit so that they can be informed and touched by these photos.

22 F
Very moving. I think you did a respectable, touching, Honest and informative documentation of the ravages if war brought on by US.

24 F
Powerful exhibition
Learned a lot about the awful effect of the bombs especially related to depleted uranium.

22 M
No comment, the exhibition speaks for itself. Thanks!

41 F
Really beautiful, telling photography. I had read about the the depleted uranium weapons before in the “leftist” press, but to see its effects in photos really brings home the truth content of those climes. Thank you for taking the photos (documenting the problem) and for sharing.

17 F
This was amazing – very touching! Thanks for the reality check. Please, show to as many people as you can.

20 F
Very informative. Also very sad. It’s extremely important that people expose such information to the public. I greatly admire your efforts and best of luck to you. Thanks for the exhibit.

21 F
Great exhibit. There must be more like this to educate an ignorant population!

22 M
Very moving. Show these pictures on CNN, FOX news, NBC , etc.

29 M
I am organizing a website and petition that seeks to educate the public about the danger/horror of depleted uranium. It might be useful (for my purposes) if someone were to contact me. These photos might be useful on the website.
Thank you for putting a face of war.

23 F
Breathtaking, humanizing, incredible. This is something we must all see - the other side, the truth. As painful as it is, we must be exposed. My passion against such acts of war (as we live in now) has greatly increased. Thank you for your courage.

? F
Thank you for this informative exhibit and for reminding the world about the many casualties of war.

21 M
Show this widely. Everyone should know and understand.

29 M
Excellent and devastating depiction of the aftermath of the gulf war. Excellent photography. Very moving. Thank you for coming to UCLA.

33 F
Please bigger exhibits! And all over the US. We are the one nation that appears to be ignorant of the effects of the 1st gulf war. Take it to as many cities and states as you can. Thank you!

18 F
It was wonderful. I applaud your efforts and I hope that you continue to inform people.

22 M
The photos are so real and good at humanizing the real victims of this nation’s unjust acts against humanity in their imperialistic quest for people’s “liberation”. I love the images captured, and with the captions under them. You really get a good understanding of the effects that war has.

20 F
Great exhibit, really penetrates the heart.

21 M
Just makes me angry. Allah will prevail.

31 F
The photos are too powerful to put into words! The photos of the on going war will not be any different. Nothing has changed. Nothing will change!

23 F
I really thought that this exhibit presented yet another devastating side to war.

20 M
And to find this is being used in Baghdad, A city of 5 million, today shows where the weapons of mass destruction lie.

22 F
I’ve learned about the effects of depleted uranium. But never seen such heart-wrekching images. It makes me even more convinced that this current war is wrong.

23 M
I found the title really revealing of the truth behind uranium munitions.
Thank you so much for showing these photos.

26 F
It is a great exhibit. Thanks for showing it.

21 F
The pictures are touching. Even more disturbing and emotion-filled than the stories of the injured and deformed children is the pain their parents must feel, knowing that they can do nothing. The parent’s faces betray a sense of utter fear and desperation. I very much enjoyed the exhibit and hopes it will be viewed by many others, so that it may have a positive political effect-even perhaps to change our conception of war entirely. Thank you.

21 M
Poignant… This is really important for people to see.

21 F
Definitely a poignant reminder that just because the media finds no use for these images to serve its agendas. It certainly does not mean these issues have disappeared.
Thank you for reminding us not to forget.

18 F
I have been working with many organizations to help the something on the innocent Iraqi civilians and these photographs just put a clear, disturbing picture to my head. The civilization living in this constant agony and pain warns me about the destructive nature of human.

? F
Pictures literally say so much more than what they portray. In this time of war and devastation, more of this info must be spread out. I thank you for your efforts in showing what imperialistic B.S. the U.S. is causing throughout the world.

23 F
It is very powerful. Thank you for bringing it UCLA.

20 F
It is very sad to see the effects of war on all these innocent children. They didn’t ask for this nor deserve the pain and suffering that this has caused.

28 M
This is the same effect that our U.S. people faced in Bikini Operation Plowshare, Nevada 1960s Functions and Spokane.

29 M
I wish there’s no more radiant materials abuse, especially in war. No more radiant war head!!

75 M
Affected U.S. troops too. What about present Iraq war? War is terrible.

24 F
This exhibit is very important in making clear to people unable to understand the nature of war and the lies of the U.S. government. It shows that the people affected most by war are women and children. Very touching and informative.

21 F
Excellent- more people need to see these images.

27 F
Please continue to exhibit these photos. They feel the truth that we need to face.

23 F
Thank you for curating this phenomenal exhibit! These images call attention to the damage that the U.S. has contributed to and still continue to – and I hope that these photographs inspire people to protest against this persisting inhumanity that the Bush administration has imposed on the Iraqis. It has affected me profoundly and I hope that I can do something significant that will put a stop to this war and our government that has gone out of hand. Please contact me.

? F
Perhaps one day the smile of Safaa can be seen everywhere. I wait for such a day.

34 M
This is a very depressing subject! You did a great job. Thank you very much for this. Unfortunately, those who need to see these pictures have lost their sensitivity very early during their war. They can not understand people’s suffering. Americans are incredibly uninformed and ignorant about the rest of the world. This exhibit is very important effort to inform them. But I do not know if they can understand… Thank you very much.

26 F
Because of the way the mainstream media covers the war, we don’t get a sense of how the people in Iraq are suffering. This exhibit shows their side. It tells the story from the point of view of the Iraqi people. Many of these pictures were difficult to look at, but I strongly believe it is necessary.

18 F
This is a very powerful exhibit that hits @ the emotion of everyone. Someone should photograph the faces of people looking @ this exhibit - a woman was crying. It gets to me - I think to everyone because in the end we all want the same thing – for the world to not have suffering.

21 F
The exhibit was very informative and made me more aware of what's going on in other parts of the world.

21 F
The pictures gave me another view of the world and showed me how little I know.

20 F
Thank you for exhibiting these pictures. As painful as it was to look at some, I think Its very important that people see them. Many don't know about the lasting effects the last war left. Much less they are aware of the effects this war will leave. These pictures add a human face to what happens when we go in to "liberate" ordinary, everyday people. As I'm writing this I can't help but to think that any one of those kids could be something great, accomplish something great and we may never know. Thank you for these pictures.

21 F
Powerful images - I wish more people could see this.
P.S. send me info about other displays of this exhibit in the community. Good job

20 F
I'd studied about uranium, radioactive effects on people, specifically in Japan. Sadako and the thousand paper cranes was a great book for junior high school kids. Public awareness is definitely an issue that should be raised. I feel too many people at UCLA (and elsewhere) are ignorant of the effects on victims of war. Keep up the good, great work and noble cause.

40 M
This exhibit furthers my belief that war is hell. The Bushes are sinful. I am ashamed of both.

22 F
Thank you for giving some voice to those who cannot speak out for themselves. Awareness is the beginning to stopping oppression and justice around the world so all children and people can receive their basic human rights. And god is the best of planners.

22 F
This exhibit is great!!! Everyone needs to see this. I had heard about the depleted uranium before had not known the effects of it. I am so glad that this exhibit has come to UCLA. Thank you

23 F
The graphic nature of the photos, while upsetting, is really essential for viewers to understand the reality of people’s lives in Iraq, a reality which can only worsen with the most recent attacks by the US troops in Iraq.
Thanks to the photographer for sharing your work! Hopefully they will help to create changes in US policies on depleted uranium (and its willingness to bomb civilians)

25 M
I wonder if the situation is going to improve and if the US government is going to repair the damage (sending medicine etc.)

33 M
Shocking heart - rending photos. My breathing became shallow, air imprisoned in my chest. Dry mouth.

31 M
It's stunning to realize the long term effects the use of depleted uranium has on a population, It's also amazing the energy the western press has gone thru to suppress this information. Thanks to exhibits such as this, perhaps the atrocities planned and executed by the United States government will be compiled into a format the American layperson (ignorant middle America) can no longer ignore. I hope history will hold the US accountable for the inexcusable acts of colonization and domination it has spread across the globe.

19 M
It's fascinating to see how eager many are to expose their terrible discomfort. These images capture more than the effects of war and the retaliation it spreads, to me it captures the element of their suffering and loss of life before it can ever mature. Losing children must be the most demoralizing effect of war. Having seen these pictures, I am also demoralized in one way or another. My only hope is that these people can be liberated from their suffering and may one day benefit from our technology after having suffered from it for so long.

29 M
I believe a picture is worth a thousand words. The photos were incredible. I like that you give life (a human face) to each. I would love to see more.

40 M
It's a very useful and informing exhibit.

32 F
I admire that you use your gift and skills with photography to draw attention to this problem. I think an image can be more striking than the longest lecture. Thank you for showing me the humanity even in you most tragic picture.

39 M
Thank you for your quite impressive work. This exhibition gives some information about the real tragedy that takes place now in Iraq.

40 M
I think that the actions of this country through the pictures shown are totally appalling.

23 F
The exhibit really touched me to the realities in Iraq that the conditions have continued in Iraq and extended around the world.

23 M
I feel sorry about these people. I haven't seen these kinds of pictures before. It was very helpful to me to understand the situation. I pray their sufferings will be over soon.

27 M
It's horrible what the US does. It's also horrible at the ignorance of common Americans.

? M
Excellent. The pictures are of the best quality. The themes are pertinent, important, and all aspects of the destruction are mentioned. The captions are well written and to the point. Congratulations for the good work!

19 F
I truly commend the photographer on his work. I appreciate his attempt in trying to get the message out there.

19 F
This is a very powerful exhibit, especially at a time when the U S is again at war and bombing the exact same place where these tragedies occurred. I only wish that more people could see this, because it makes you hate our government. We as citizens really have no idea what the military is doing over there. We only see and hear what the media is allowed to tell us. We would be appalled if this ever happened to anyone in our country, let alone an entire generation of babies born to exposed mothers! Yet, because they are of a poorer country, we claim to be "helping them" despite these horrendous acts. It disgusts me, but thank you for bringing it here, to the attention of all of us at UCLA. Perhaps with more things like this exposed to the public, we will begin to realize the horrors of war and put a stop to it.

18 F
This exhibit was excellent and brought me to tears. The photographs are incredibly moving and anyone who supports the war should definitely look at these and think about the repercussions especially the effects on innocent children. America fears attacks and biological warfare on US turf, but look at what we have caused!! It is atrocious. And Baghdad and Basara, I mean, we are there now it is ridiculous.
Thank you for the enlightening work.

20 M
Thank you for taking these pictures, and allowing us to see the realities of life in Iraq. I don't think I’ll ever forget the faces of some of these children.

28 F
Awesome heart felt pictures! Thanks for giving us a visual to the horror.

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