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Here is a shocking summary, straight from United Nations reports, highlighting the effects of “sanctions” against people living in Iraq. Thanks to the Iraq Action Coalition for compiling this.
Impact of the 9-Year Sanctions War on the People of Iraq
From UN Reports
Iraq “has experienced a shift from relative affluence to massive poverty. In marked contrast to the prevailing situation prior to the events of 1990-91, the infant mortality rates in Iraq today are among the highest in the world, low infant birth weight affects at least 23% of all births, chronic malnutrition affects every fourth child under five years of age, only 41% of the population have regular access to clean water, 83% of all schools need substantial repairs. The ICRC states that the Iraqi health-care system is today in a decrepit state. UNDP calculates that it would take 7 billion US dollars to rehabilitate the power sector country-wide to its 1990 capacity.” – UN Report on the Current Humanitarian Situation in Iraq, submitted to the Security Council, March 1999
“The humanitarian situation in Iraq will continue to be a dire one in the absence of a sustained revival of the Iraqi economy, which in turn cannot be achieved solely through remedial humanitarian efforts.” – UN Report on the Current Humanitarian Situation in Iraq, submitted to the Security Council, March 1999
“The increase in mortality reported in public hospitals for children under five years of age (an excess of some 40,000 deaths yearly compared with 1989) is mainly due to diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition. In those over five years of age, the increase (an excess of some 50,000 deaths yearly compared with 1989) is associated with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, liver or kidney diseases.” Approximately 250 people die every day in Iraq due to the effect of the sanctions. – UNICEF, April 1998.
“The Oil-for-Food plan has not yet resulted in adequate protection of Iraq’s children from malnutrition/disease. Those children spared from death continue to remain deprived of essential rights addressed in the Convention of Rights of the Child.” — UNICEF, April 1998.
“32 percent of children under five, some 960,000 children are chronically malnourished – a rise of 72 percent since 1991. Almost one quarter (23%) are underweight – twice as high as the levels found in neighboring Jordan or Turkey.” – UNICEF, November 1997.
“There is no sign of any improvement since Security Council Resolution 986/1111 ["Oil for Food"] came into force.” – UNICEF, November 1997.
“One out of every 4 Iraqi infants is malnourished.
Chronic malnutrition among children under five has reached 27.5%. After a child reaches two or three years of age, chronic malnutrition is difficult to reverse and damage on the child’s development is likely to be permanent.” UNICEF and World Food Programmed (WFP), May 1997
“Iraq’s health system is close to collapse because medicines and other life-saving supplies scheduled for importation under the ‘oil-for-food’ deal have not arrived.
Government drug warehouses and pharmacies have few stocks of medicines and medical supplies. The consequences of this situation are causing a near-breakdown of the health care system, which is reeling under the pressure of being deprived of medicine, other basic supplies and spare parts.” World Health Organizations (WHO), February 1997.
“4,500 children under the age of 5 are dying each month from hunger and disease.
The situation is disastrous for children. Many are living on the very margin of survival.” – UNICEF, October 1996.
“Since the onset of sanctions, there has been a six-fold increase in the mortality rate for children under five and the majority of the country’s population has been on a semi-starvation diet.” – WHO, March 1996.
“Famine threatens four million people in sanctions-hit Iraq – one fifth of the population – following a poor grain harvest…The human situation is deteriorating. Living conditions are precarious and are at pre-famine level for at least four million people.
The deterioration in nutritional status of children is reflected in the significant increase of child mortality, which has risen nearly fivefold since 1990.” – UN FAO, September 1995.
- “Sanctions are inhibiting the importation of spare parts, chemicals, reagents, and the means of transportation required to provide water and sanitation services to the civilian population of Iraq.
What has become increasingly clear is that no significant movement towards food security can be achieved so long as the embargo remains in place. All vital contributors to food availability – agricultural production, importation of foodstuffs, economic stability and income generation, are dependent on Iraq’s ability to purchase and import those items vital to the survival of the civilian population.” – UNICEF, 1995
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