Mahmoud Abdel Rahman carries the dead body of his eleven-month old grandson, Latif, who was killed along with his mother on Monday when their house collapsed in a car bomb attack, while mourners carry the coffin of the mother, Hasnah Abdel Rasul, during their funeral in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, south of Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 1, 2013.
(Photo by Jaber al-Helo/AP)
An Iraqi sheik carried his infant grandson’s tightly wrapped body, staring ahead with a blank gaze as men behind him bore the coffin of the baby’s mother during their funeral Tuesday, a day after they were killed in a wave of bombings in Baghdad.
The heartbreaking image, captured in an Associated Press photo, illustrates the human tragedy behind the numbers as the death toll mounts to levels not seen in half a decade amid a new surge in sectarian bloodshed nearly two years after the U.S. withdrew from the country.
September’s toll pushed the total number of people killed since April to more than 5,000. Among the dead last month were 887 civilians while the rest were security forces.