Samawah cartoons rap SDF troops

Kyodo

Several cartoons displayed Friday at an unemployment association office here showed dissatisfaction over the aid activities of Japanese troops stationed in the southern Iraqi city.

One of the cartoons exhibited in line with the group’s hosting of a symposium on unemployment depicts demonstrating locals shouting “Give us Japanese used clothes” and “Give up Japanese lies.”

In another cartoon, a woman in a veil is asking an Iraqi interpreter in front of the Ground Self-Defense Force camp in Samawah to take her to Japan because she is ill.

Another man beside them tells the woman, “Only bureaucrats will be taken there.”

Up to 600 GSDF troops have been deployed in Samawah since early this year to provide drinking water, support local medical services and help rebuild infrastructure.

Some locals, however, have expressed dissatisfaction as there had been expectations that the troops would be able to provide job opportunities.