There are alot of issues surrounding Iraq and the water supply in the country. Here are just a few:
I recently found an article covering entitled "Dirty Water, bad Blood," unveiling that a San-Fransico operated coproration, Bechtel, is responsible
for dirty water in Iraq. And interestingly, Baghdad residents say that the conditions, not jsut the water!, have been getting alot WORSE since the
removal of Sadaam. Ironic? Yes. Surprising? No. Sadly, this came as no shock to me whatsoever.
"Local officials blame Bechtel, the San Francisco-based company that has received hundreds of millions of dollars of U.S. reconstruction
“This is just like Saddam’s time. In fact, it is worse. We have less water now than before. We are all sick with stomach problems and kidney stones.
Our crops are dying.”
"At another small village between Hilla and Najaf, 1500 people are drinking water from a dirty stream which slowly trickles near the homes. Everyone
has dysentery, many with kidney stones, a huge number with cholera. One of the men, holding a sick child, tells me, “It was much better before the
invasion. We had 24 hours running water then. Now we are drinking this garbage because it is all we have.”
A little further down the road at a village of 6000 homes called Abu Hidari, it is more of the same. Here, Saddam was rebuilding the pipes, but this
ceased during the invasion and has yet to be resumed. The women are carrying water from a nearby dirty creek into their homes, because again, they
have no other option. "
Read more on the dirty water
Another article highlights a similar issue concerning Iraq's water, and why the american drive for invasion being more than just for oil....maybe
oil and water do mix...
Now, this was publsihed in 200, but still an interesting read, originally from the Sunday herald (Scotland)
The US-led allied forces deliberately destroyed Iraq's water supply during the Gulf War - flagrantly breaking the Geneva Convention and causing
thousands of civilian deaths.
During allied bombing campaigns on Iraq the country's eight multi-purpose dams had been repeatedly hit, simultaneously wrecking flood control,
municipal and industrial water storage, irrigation and hydroelectric power. Four of seven major pumping stations were destroyed, as were 31 municipal
water and sewerage facilities - 20 in Baghdad, resulting in sewage pouring into the Tigris. Water purification plants were incapacitated throughout
this is an extremely interesting statistic i foundo n the site:
Water-borne diseases in Iraq today are both endemic and epidemic. They include typhoid, dysentery, hepatitis, cholera and polio (which had
previously been eradicated), along with a litany of others.
A child with dysentery in 1990 had a one in 600 chance of dying - in 1999 it was one in 50.
more on the deliberate poisoning
of the iraqi water supply here
just a few interesting artilces i found to share, more likely to be on the way!
So who really here is to blame for poor conditions of Iraqi water supply?
American corporations running the show?
The Amrican invasion searching for water and oil?
Or Gulf War Allies hoping to contaminate Iraqis?
[Edited on 3-11-04 by Scat]