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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:52 PM
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Iraq: Number of children dying higher than when the country was under sanctions
Source: IWPR

Suffer the Children
Number of children dying higher than when the country was under sanctions.
By Hind al-Safar in Baghdad (ICR No. 237)

Child mortality in Iraq has spiralled because of the tense security situation, deteriorating health services and lack of medical supplies, say experts.

According to a report released in May 2007 by aid agency Save the Children, Iraqs child mortality rate has increased by a staggering 150 per cent since 1990, more than any other country.

The report, entitled State of the Worlds Mothers 2007, said that some 122,000 Iraqi children - the equivalent of one in eight - died in 2005, before reaching their fifth birthday. More than half of the deaths were among newborn babies in their first month of life.

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Since 2003, electricity shortages, insufficient clean water, deteriorating health services and soaring inflation have worsened already difficult living conditions.

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Conservative estimates place increases in infant mortality following the 2003 invasion of Iraq at 37 per cent, it said.






Read more: http://www.iwpr.net/EN-icr-f-340692
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 01:04 PM
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1. how sad.
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:11 PM
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2. But...we brought them freedom!
So I guess the answer is they WOULD be better off if Saddam were still around?

I say we turn George loose in a large room filled with Iraqi mothers.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 02:33 PM
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3. Time to send Laura on another propaganda tour about how well things are going in Iraq.
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Baby Snooks Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 03:16 PM
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4. "Off the Table..."
It's not just Bush. It's Congress as well. It would be nice to think Madame Speaker is bothered by this but she's not. All you need do is remember her comments about the homeless in San Francisco to know that she's not.

We really are a shameful country at this point. And part of the shame is carried by some of the Democrats in Congress. Who believe accountablity for all of this is "off the table" and that the deaths of children are somehow "worth it" to quote Madeline Albright.

Madeline Albright alone is a reason for me to pray that Hillary is not the candidate. I'll vote for her if need be. But will hold my nose.
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wellst0nev0ter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 03:19 PM
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6. Somewhere, Albright Must Be Having A Smoke
After the waves she felt upon hearing this news :grr:
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 03:16 PM
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5. So much for the sanctity of life in Bushworld.
If you're an embryo you count. If you're a kid - Iraqi or American - you're on your own. The sadness surrounding Iraq is incomprehensible. Our tax dollars at work.
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balantz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 03:25 PM
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7. Not to impeach these bastards is a blight on America!
We are responsible for untold sufferings and murders of little, innocent children. Children like our own. Our karmic debt is deepening like a wound on the face of the Earth.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:03 PM
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8. Goerge W. bUsh's Iraq;
WORSE than under Saddam Hussein.

Gee who coulda known.
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burrowowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:16 PM
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10. The BFEE have
been world class thugs for some time now!
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Zorra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:14 PM
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9. So George W. Bu*h is a baby killer...but , hey, we already knew that. n/t
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