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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 increase in 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 serious public-health and human-rights risks to the already vulnerable Iraqi population, 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 innocents."

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," said Rather."

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 29, 2004 (large PDF - may be missing)

" Living Under Bombs" Dahr Jamail

"Iraq: The Devastation" Dahr Jamail



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