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Iraqi Pilgrims
Disaster kills more than 950 people on a Baghdad bridge


A deadly stampede Wednesday resulted in the greatest one-day loss of life in Iraq since the war began in March 2003.

Due to rumors of a suicide bomber, panic spread among hundreds of Shiite pilgrims as they were crossing a bridge over the Tigris River in Baghdad. The resulting stampede killed more than 950 people--many of whom were women and children--and injured hundreds of others.

The pilgrims were on their way to a shrine to commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Moussa al-Khadhem, one of Shiite Islam's holiest figures.

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dplatt
8/31/2005 16:21

This is a very sad loss. I wish some peace could finally come to this country,


bird
8/31/2005 16:59

Dear God,
Bless these poor people -- mostly women and children -- who were attempting to follow their faith and were crushed by people fearing suicide bombers. I just weep for a world where so much unhappiness crushes our hopes. Dear God, deliver us from these disasters.
Amen.


Isadora
8/31/2005 20:56

Almighty God who alone is Compassion and Love , Please embrace and comfort Our Brothers and sisters everywhere that are in dire need of your help and care. May Your Providence be present comforting restoring and healing Your people, Oh Lord. May the Holy Spirit ,your comforter ,change This situation , bringing Light, Peace , comfort to each and every heart that may be in Distress. I Plea to my Most Holy Mother, The Mother of Mercy, Mother of the Word incarnated to Intercede in the behalf of Those souls, and assisting them in every single need. We Pray In the Name of Jesus, Our Lord and savior, Amen!


mica1654
9/1/2005 01:03

God,
Please aid this country that is full of turmoil and full of pain. As their Father, make your presence known in peace and in love. Bless them and help them as they mourn the loss of their women and their children.Help this region to find a peace that has not yet fallen upon them. We simply ask that you protect, love, and comfort them in the shelter of your love.
In your holy name. Amen.


allateef
9/1/2005 04:03

May Allah accept these pilgrims into Heaven. May he forgive them their sins and save them from Hell's fire.


olubo
9/1/2005 09:17

I am so sorry for your countries loss, I hope peace comes to Iraq soon.


barblee
9/1/2005 13:55

Father God, I ask your blessing on the Iraqui people that have been killed, maimed, who are suffering from this terrible tragedy. Give those with lost loved ones peace, heal the injured and the sick and depressed, comfort and streghthen all of them, lift them up and give the courage and strength to go on with their lives. Father God, bring peace to this region and peace in the lives of the Iraqui people. Bring them a government that will better their lives, create jobs and a better life style for all. Make this a strong nation, a strong people and a country that can contribute to the lives of its people and the world. In Jesus name, I pray.


bar0982
9/2/2005 17:38

This has been a very tragic time in our worlds history. The violence has to stop, wars are outdated. We have seen that there are enough natural causes for death. PLease send your heart out to all of these people in Iraq. They are people, no differant than those in NOLA, Miss., and Ala. They all wish to be happy, and they all have the same right to fulfill that wish.


simba15
9/3/2005 01:30

from him we come to him shall we return..
without doubt it bis a great loss when we hear of such man made disasters,but then my prayers are with all the iraqi people..amen..


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