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GENEVA (AP) - Malnutrition among the youngest Iraqis has almost doubled since the U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein, a hunger specialist told the U.N. human rights body Wednesday in a summary of previously reported studies on health in Iraq.
By last fall, 7.7 percent of Iraqi children under 5 suffered acute malnutrition, compared to 4 percent after Saddam's ouster in April 2003, said Jean Ziegler, the U.N. Human Rights Commission's special expert on the right to food.
Malnutrition, which is exacerbated by a lack of clean water and adequate sanitation, is a major killer of children in poor countries. Children who survive are usually physically and mentally impaired for life, and are more vulnerable to disease.
The situation facing Iraqi youngsters is "a result of the war led by coalition forces," said Ziegler, an outspoken Swiss sociology professor and former lawmaker whose previous targets have included Swiss banks, China, Brazil and Israeli treatment of Palestinians.
Overall, more than a quarter of Iraqi children don't get enough to eat, Ziegler told the 53-nation commission, which is halfway through its annual six-week session.
The U.S. delegation and other coalition countries declined to respond to his presentation, which compiled the findings of studies conducted by other specialists.
Worldwide, he said, more than 17,000 children under 5 die daily from hunger-related diseases.
Iraq was generally regarded as having good nutrition rates in the 1970s and 1980s, but problems emerged when the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
Originally posted by Bangin
I swear. You vermin make me sick. In your posts there's nothing that indicates you give a hoot about the children. Oh...but your concern for US image and Saddam's image really shoots through the roof. ::spits:: Thanks for your contribution to this thread. Thanks for your contribution to the world.
Originally posted by DrHoracid
Based on saddam's control of the country and the purchase of the entire UN. This is pure BS. No one dared protest or say their kids were not getting food under Saddam's "rule".
Originally posted by marg6043
Thanks for that very informative thread Worldwatcher, some around here get a littler bit touchy about the realities of "Bush war on terror" and the "invasion of Iraq"
Yes a few months ago this problem with the children in Iraq was brought up in ATS, children were suffering of diarrhea and other illnesses, due to the poor quality of food and not access to medical doctors in certain areas.
I guess the situation is getting worst and looks to me that it have not been addressed at all.
And yes at least during Saddam "despicable" reign of "terror" at least children were getting some help after all.
I guess the well being of the people is measure by how happy they are with having Saddam gone and been able to vote.
I hope help gets to them fast.
People forgot that when you brake something you own it, and US own Iraq and so is also responsible for the well being of their population want it or not.
Nearly Twice as Many Iraqi Children Going Hungry Since Saddam's Ouster, U.N. Expert Says
Ziegler also cited an October 2004 U.S. study that estimated as many as 100,000 more Iraqis - many of them women and children - had died since the start of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq than would normally have died, based on the death rate before the war.
"Most died as a result of the violence, but many others died as a result of the increasingly difficult living conditions, reflected in increasing child mortality levels," he said.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
Of course the "insurgents" are to blame for the increased violence, but for god sakes, you want to tell me that after 2 years of occupation, we still haven't figured out how to get food to those who need it? I don't buy "our hands are tied" bull#, we the US help create this mess, we have to help fix it.
Originally posted by worldwatcher
Selective reasoning is a bitch, the US and UN are to blame for the conditions that face the Iraqis,
instead of saying Let them deal with, how about we keep our responsibility and fix what we broke before washing our hands of them.
but for god sakes, you want to tell me that after 2 years of occupation, we still haven't figured out how to get food to those who need it?
I don't buy "our hands are tied" bull#, we the US help create this mess, we have to help fix it.