Truckers in Iraq: Driving Across the War
Trucks and their drivers are found everywhere and they are accomplishing their work in every landscape and situation. The war is no exception. Actually the trucking work is an indispensable function during war times. So, the trucks were also included in the
The logic is simple. The war needs a background support to maintain the soldiers on the war. Water, food, medicine supplies, fuel, maintenance and mail are part of the issues to resolve.
Since the war in
Supplies need to reach the soldiers' bases, so the transportation becomes an important procedure. Civilian truck drivers are working in
Companies specialized on logistic war like Halliburton and its subsidiary Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR) an others from different countries have been recruiting workers from many different countries; these include Turkey, Bosnia, Lebanon, Bulgaria, England, South Africa, Honduras, the Philippines and also the United States.
But why drive a truck in such a dangerous environment? The payment for this work is the reason why people go to
Water and food are essentials for the army. The militias know it well too. Therefore, since the military operations started in
The truck drivers must also use bullet proof vests and Kevlar helmets for protection. The truck is equipped with Qualcomm satellite system with phone and email for emergencies. But this is not enough.
We will kill anyone [ ] inside any truck carrying goods to the occupation forces, said to Aljazeera a leader of the Ramadi militia in 2004. They kept their word.
The news has been reporting about the growing list of deaths among coalition soldiers and the civilian workers serving the army. But the real toll of civilian deaths is not complete. This is because although the army must inform about all their deaths, the private operators in
Iraq Coalition Casualty Counts site picks up an incomplete but very useful list of civilian deaths in
This is a very dangerous job indeed. Even the truckers hauled approximately 4 million liters of water, 33 million of meals, and more than 1 million gallons of fuel to the troops the last 2004.
Perhaps the reality could not be described by hidden or shown numbers, but by the unique stories. Here are someone recollected by the news.
Albert Luther Cayton was working in
Tim Smith was from Aztec and was 40 years old. He was driving a truck for the KBR Company in an engineering and construction mission for the US Army in
Since April 2004, that very date, the family of Bill Bradley of
Carrying the mail for the soldiers is also a dangerous work. Fred Bryant Jr. was 39 years old and he had three children in
Keven Dagit from
Finally, a young man of 21 years of age was killed when he was working in the mail transportation as an assistant driver. He had a dream to become a doctor some day. He was killed on August 2003 by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) on the attack to his convoy. He and his dream rest in