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The Children of Iraq
by Carlos Reyes-Manzo


The children who sell food on the steps of Jonah's Tomb in Nineveh are suffering from malnutrition due to the economic sanctions imposed by the UK and the US. They don't know the reasons for the sanctions and they are not worried about the work of the UN inspectors who have not yet found the terrifying weapons of mass destruction.

Nor are they worried about the almost 100,000 soldiers of the UK and US alliance who are preparing to invade their country with the most modern weapons in the history of humanity.

All they know is that they need to sell the food prepared by their mothers. The money will help to supplement the help they receive from the state. Three out of five children suffer from malnutrition, making them vulnerable to infections and diseases.

Dr Usama from the Alkindi Hospital in Baghdad told me that according to UN regulations, medicines can be imported but the reality is different. It takes months of negotiations before documents are signed in New York. Meanwhile people are suffering and dying from lack of medicines.


 
Carlos Reyes-Manzo
Caritas Centre in Karakosh
Iraq, May 2003
  Carlos Reyes-Manzo
Baghdad Children's Hospital
Iraq, May 2003