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Top: Jewish Genocides Today and Yesterday: Iraqi Blockade: U.N. Report With Summary of 1.2 Million Dead Since 1990


Impact of the 7-year War on the People of Iraq

What UN Reports State

1.2 Million Dead Including 750,000 Children Under 5 Years Old

Seven years after the imposition of the blockade on the people of Iraq, more than 1.2 million people, including 750,000 children below the age of five, have died because of the scarcity of food and medicine. - Verified by the UN, June 1997.

"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." -World Health Organization (WHO), March 1996.

"More than one million Iraqis have died-567,000 of them children-as a direct consequence of economic sanctions . . .. As many as 12% of the children surveyed in Baghdad are wasted, 28% stunted and 29% underweight."-UN FAO, December 1995.

"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.

"Alarming food shortages are causing irreparable damage to an entire generation of Iraqi children". - UN FAO and WFP, 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


UNR 986 "Oil for Food" Deal ... in truth is the "Oil for Nothing" deal

UNR 986 allows for the limited sale of $2 billion of Iraqi oil every 6 months. Only 40% of the proceeds from the "Oil for Food" deal can be used to purchase food and medicine for the population of Central and Southern Iraq. These small and restricted sales allocate less than 25 cents a day per person, and provide, at best, less than a quarter of the minimum caloric intake.

"Children, mothers, the aged and sick were all cared for before 1990, but are now dying while the outside world mistakenly believes it has solved Iraq's problems with the much-delayed oil-for-food shipments." The deal "will barely keep the strongest of the population of Iraq on their feet." - CARE, September 1997


In the eyes of the Law:

The blockade against Iraq violates numerous fundamental human rights of the people of Iraq, including their dignity as human beings. Starvation of civilians as a method of warfare is strictly prohibited by international law. The blockade is a violation of the Geneva Convention, UN Charter, Constitution of the World Health Organization, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States. According to the US legal code Title 18 2331, the blockade on the people of Iraq is also an act of international terrorism.

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