The mother of a severely wounded serviceman criticised the
Ministry of Defence yesterday for “hiding” the sacrifice made by
troops who are badly maimed.
As the pressure on British forces increases, Olive Newton said
she was angry that her son's plight had received no media coverage and accused
the MoD of only publicising incidents when it was forced to because British
troops had been killed. Mrs Newton's son, Cpl John Schofield, was seriously
wounded along with a 21-year-old colleague who lost an arm, when they were
caught in a mortar attack at Basra
air station last Saturday.
“There has never been a murmur of these attacks on the
news except for the dead,” Mrs Newton said.
“I am at a loss that something of this significance could
happen but go unreported. The MoD is only reporting things when people are
killed. It is wrong keeping our country in the dark on what's going on.
An MoD spokesman said there was “no question” it
was hiding the number of casualties in Iraq.
“We publish casualty figures for both Iraq
on the MoD website on a fortnightly basis,” she said. (source)
After quite a bit of digging, I found these.
They look pretty well obscured on the MOD site to me.