More than 1,000 men, sometimes women
forced to clandestine detention centres.
Relatives mystified as to there whereabouts.
Some Russian troops bribed
with money, weapons or ammunition.
Returning gave rise to evidence
of rape to both women and men,
constant beatings rendering broken bodies;
some with hammers.
One left with severe back injury,
another broken ribs
giving rise to kidney issues.
Guards treating inmates cruelly
knowing their camps are illegal.
Unregistered, unsanctioned, unlawful,
no records kept of who’s detained or where.
Where bodies have been found
they usually bear scars of torture
and violent death,
some unrecognisable – blown up.
Wealth of a family determines ransom
of kidnapped or arrested persons.
Only the death cave or torture chamber
awaits where money’s not exchanged.
Knowing Chechen belief in funeral or burial
gave rise to a trade in corpses.
100 to 3,000 dollars paid for return.
Some 10,000 are missing
with possibly another 15,000 in refugee camps
Inadequate make shift shelters,
lack of food and clean water,
heating and essential basics.
Extortionate rents are charged
for those trying to relieve
and avoid the over crowding.
Shelters are but empty trucks,
tents and railway carriages.
Humanitarian aid blocked,
and medical supplies limited,
Chechen people afraid
for their male population -
loss of husbands, sons.
Children not permitted
to attend schools.
Once out of money often returned
to war zones.
Their homes no longer there
places having been looted
and under complete destruction.
Ongoing war takes its toll
bombings over 50,000 homes destroyed.
From 424 villages, 270 are gone.
Agricultural lands contaminated
by land mines and bombs
threatening the nations survival.
Mass graves uncovered,
200 corpses in one.
Arms and legs tied, blindfolded.
Signs of mutilation,
severed finger tips, stab wounds.
Broken bones, flayed body parts,
A body of a one year old child.
100 beheaded bodies in another.
Worse still some also had
internal organs removed,
not knowing where those parts were destined, -
but assuming black market
for much sought after transplant.
War on terrorism used as an excuse
for what has taken place,
Putin trying to cover atrocities
that have already happened.
Continued abuse of a country
wounded by the years of war…