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UNICEF sounds Iraq Malnutrition Alarm (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Dec, 5 2004 @ 06:51 PM
The United Nations Children Fund warns that health and living conditions have degraded so badly since the US-led invasion that malnutrition rate among iraqi children has doubled and over 8% suffer from chronic diarrhea, a deadly disease.
NEW YORK (AFP) - The United Nations Children's Fund warned that the number of young Iraqi children suffering from acute malnutrition has nearly doubled since the March 2003 invasion, as health and living conditions have deteriorated.

Almost eight percent of Iraqi children younger than five suffer from chronic diarrhea and protein deficiency, the agency's latest reports said.

"This means that hundreds of thousands of children are today suffering the severe effects of diarrhea and nutrient deficiencies," UNICEF executive director Carol Bellamy said.

Diarrhea, caused mainly by unsafe water and in some areas lack of clean supplies, is responsible for 70 percent of child deaths in Iraq, the agency said.

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Security and humanitarian conditions among iraqis are worsening every day under US occupation. How does the department of defense want to solve the problem ? How do parents react when they see their children miserably dying at the hands of Mr.Bush's oil interests ?


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