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Iraqis Endure Worse Conditions Than Under Saddam, UN Survey Finds by Chris Shumway ; The Newstandard; May 19, 2005
Responses to a detailed survey conducted by a United Nations agency and the Iraqi government indicate that everyday conditions for Iraqis in the aftermath of the 2003 US-led invasion have deteriorated at an alarming rate, with huge numbers of people lacking adequate access to basic services and resources such as clean water, food, health care, electricity, jobs and sanitation.
IRAQ: Doctors warn of increasing
deformities in newborn babies. IRIN
Doctors in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, have reported a significant
deformities among newborn babies.
Time To Repair Iraq's Universities,
Says Study by Abid Aslam
The United Nations is urging international donors to mobilize millions
of dollars in aid for Iraq's colleges and universities, saying that
five out of six have been wrecked and warning that failure to
rehabilitate them will set back efforts to heal the war-torn country.
Climate of Fear: Sexual Violence and
abduction of Women and girls in Baghdad
" At a time when insecurity is on the rise in Baghdad, women and girls
in Baghdad told Human Rights Watch that the insecurity
and fear of sexual violence or abduction is keeping them in their
homes, out of schools, and away from work and looking for employment."
Another Round of Misery for the Children
of Iraq, Published on Monday, November 22, 2004 by the Seattle
Times by César Chelala
"Before the Iraq war, Physicians for Human Rights had warned about the
public-health and human-rights risks to the already vulnerable Iraqi
should the war take place."
Its predictions have been recently, and sadly, confirmed by an article
in the medical magazine The Lancet. According to the article, there
have been in excess of 100,000 civilian deaths since the invasion of
Iraq in 2003, including a substantial number of children. Carol
Bellamy, UNICEF's executive director, has called the death of 34
children in recent bomb attacks "an unconscionable slaughter of
TV Not Concerned by Cluster Bombs, DU:
"That's just the way life is in Iraq"
..."According to a May 5 search of the Nexis database, there have been
no in-depth reports about cluster bombs on ABC, CBS or NBC's nightly
news programs since the start of the war.... [Dan]Rather's visit to a
hospital where he met children gruesomely injured by cluster bombs,
including one boy who lost both eyes and sustained a potentially fatal
head wound. "All his mother can do is weep and try to ease his pain,"
Cluster Bombs: War Crimes of the Bush
Administration by Paul Rockwell
" All over Iraq, unexploded cluster bombs, originally dropped by U.S.
troops in populated areas, are still killing and maiming civilians,
farm animals, wildlife-any living thing that touches them by accident."
200 Children Die Every Day Iraq's Health
Care Under the Occupation By GHALI HASSAN
" Since the US military invasion and occupation of Iraq, Iraq's health
care system has deteriorated as a result of deliberate destruction by
the US administration. The most vulnerable victims of this destruction
are the Iraqi children, particularly children under the age of five."
Most 'Arrested by Mistake' Coalition
intelligence put numbers at 70% to 90% of Iraq prisoners, says a
February Red Cross report, which details further abuses. by Bob Drogin
Published on Tuesday, May 11, 2004 by the Los Angeles Times
Gonzales excludes CIA from rules on
prisoners. By Eric Lichtblau The New York Times Thursday,
January 20, 2005
" WASHINGTON Officers of the Central Intelligence Agency and other
nonmilitary personnel fall outside the bounds of a 2002 directive
issued by President George W. Bush that pledged the humane treatment of
prisoners in U.S. custody, Alberto Gonzales, the White House counsel,
said in a document."
Mortality before and after the 2003
invasion of Iraq: cluster sample survey published online October
(large PDF - may be missing)
" Living Under Bombs" Dahr Jamail
"Iraq: The Devastation" Dahr