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31 December 2007

A Hungry New Year In Iraq ...


Happy New Year?

For some, maybe.

For others?

Read this and weep.

From : اوروكنت.إنفو

Informazione dall'iraq occupato ~ Information from occupied iraq

أخبار من العراق المحتل

Saddam Provided More Food Than the U.S.

Ahmed Ali and Dahr Jamail*

BAQUBA, Dec 27 (IPS) - The Iraqi government announcement that monthly food rations will be cut by half has left many Iraqis asking how they can survive.The government also wants to reduce the number of
people depending on the rationing system by five million by June 2008.

Iraq's food rations system was introduced by the Saddam Hussein government in 1991 in response to the UN economic sanctions. Families were allotted basic foodstuffs monthly because the Iraqi Dinar and the economy collapsed.The sanctions, imposed after Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion of Kuwait, were described as "genocidal" by Denis Halliday, then UN humanitarian coordinator in Iraq.

Halliday quit his post in protest against the U.S.-backed sanctions.The sanctions killed half a million Iraqi children, and as many adults, according to the UN. They brought malnutrition, disease, and lack of medicines. Iraqis became nearly completely reliant on food rations for survival. The programme has continued into the U.S.-led occupation.But now the U.S.-backed Iraqi government has announced it will halve the essential items in the ration because of "insufficient funds and spiralling inflation."


The imminent move will affect nearly 10 million people who depend on the rationing system. But it has already caused outrage in Baquba, 40 km northeast of Baghdad."The monthly food ration was the only help from the government," local grocer Ibrahim al-Ageely told IPS. "It was of great benefit for the families. The food ration consisted of two kilos of rice, sugar, soap, tea, detergent, wheat flour, lentils, chick-peas, and other items for every individual."Another grocer said the food ration was the "life of all Iraqis; every month, Iraqis wait in queues to receive their food rations.

"According to an Oxfam International report released in July this year, "60 percent (of Iraqis) currently have access to rations through the government-run Public Distribution System (PDS), down from 96 percent in 2004."The report said that "43 percent of Iraqis suffer from absolute poverty," and that according to some estimates over half the population are now without work.

"Children are hit the hardest by the decline in living standards. Child malnutrition rates have risen from 19 percent before the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 to 28 percent now."

Read the rest of this heart rending report from Iraq.

(Hat tip to 'sweet old lady')


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We should hang our collective heads in shame. We allowed this to happen. We allow it to continue. We are all complicit.

1:19 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, both. It's pretty appalling, isn't it? And let's not forget that the sanctions were introduced on the watch of the charming Bill Clinton. Nor that, thanks to War Crime Edict 81, Iraqi farmers can only sow the contaminated Frankenstein GM seeds of Monsanto. These seeds are infertile, and will eventually force the farmers into an ever-decending cycle of debt to buy the next year's seeds, as happened in India.


6:47 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re the above, I've just come across this:

One of the Comments posters has provided some pictures which many of us would agree with (because we already knew it anyway), as well as two video shorts.

I hope you can publish the Madeleine Allbright vid, Rick. The world should never forget what that evil woman said about these poor Iraqi children.


8:54 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And what about the Cholera epidemic? Yes it's now officially a full blown EPIDEMIC. Of course, no one in MSM wants to talk about it. It seems that only the World Health Organisation (WHO) and UNICEF are prepared to talk properly about this.

And even then, wtf listens or cares? Our goverments? Not a chance.

12:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks that Payback time won't ever come is kidding themselves. I hope I'm NOT still around when it does.

I agree with anonymous who says we're all guilty - all partners in crime. Had "we" wanted to stop this war happening as much as the profiteers wanted it to go ahead, then it would have been stopped in it's tracks. "We" have enormous power but we're too cowardly apathetic to get off our arses and do what needs to be done - period. (Some exceptions apply, but not many)

5:09 pm  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Thanks for posting on this...I have been trying to find info/stats on Childrens Health and also Womens Health ( birth rates, infant mortality and also depression- which I heard from an iraqi are very high in women)....and also PTSD there...( it is high in State Dept workers, and Military so it must be high in the people that live there).

I would give anything to have stopped this, I don't view myself as complicit, I feel trapped by own hijacked govt.....other than voting ( and hoping it might have been counted), calling media and govt, blogging, Uncief and Red Cross, and writing on my tax check ( NOT FOR WAR), what should we do....I am not being flippant- I really wonder what others think we should do....because I will do anything ( most of my friends would also try other ideas too..)

I worry that people in other places think that ALL Americans are like this Criminal Govt...or that we don't care....or are apathetic...we are not...but the Media does not portray how we feel, and the govt does not listen to us at all....

My apologies to everyone and I am so ashamed of this country's govt and what they have done...

5:11 am  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Rick, thank you for posting on this, and the links are excellent..I am going to put this in the New Years Round Up....if that is okay ( over on Watergate Summer).....I did print the OXFAM report, and it might indeed have some of the health stats that I have been the report it does say there are Humanitarian agencies are providing food and healthcare , but does not name- they are anonymous for their own protection ( that is so horrific and sad), but I am wondering if you or anyone else knows WHO to give to? ( because maybe I have been donating to the wrong agencies..) and the other thing that bothered me in the report- it does not really identify HOW or if America is meeting any of their Obligations in an appropriate way....( I was reading it and had Blackwater chills....)

Again I am so sorry for the Criminal Bushco Regime.......

Anyways thank you again for blogging, and blogging it well, about something do important....

5:21 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Enigma (and everyone) - you could do a lot worse than try helping through these two humanitarian organisations.

4:09 pm  

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