Iraq: Pre-emptive, Post-Mortem Tattoos - Rolling Stone
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Iraq: Pre-emptive, Post-Mortem Tattoos

You know Baghdad is bleak when men start tattooing themselves — in anticipation of ending up an anonymous corpse. From AP:

Baghdad's morgues are full.With no space to store bodies, some victims of the sectarian slaughter are not being kept for relatives to claim, but photographed, numbered and quickly interred in government cemeteries.

Men fearful of an anonymous burial are tattooing their thighs with names and phone numbers.

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