Bush’s ‘new’ Iraq, with highest rise in child mortality in the world

Iraqi childrenFrom British daily The Independent:

Infant mortality in Iraq soars as young pay the price for war

By Andrew Buncombe in Washington

Published: 08 May 2007

Two wars and a decade of sanctions have led to a huge rise in the mortality rate among young children in Iraq, leaving statistics that were once the envy of the Arab world now comparable with those of sub-Saharan Africa.

A new report shows that in the years since 1990, Iraq has seen its child mortality rate soar by 125 per cent, the highest increase of any country in the world.

Its rate of deaths of children under five now matches that of Mauritania.

Jeff MacAskey, head of health for the Save the Children charity, which published the report, said: “Iraq, Botswana and Zimbabwe all have different reasons for making the least amount of progress on child mortality.

Whether it’s the impact of war, HIV/Aids or poverty the consequences are equally devastating.

Yet other countries such as Malawi and Nepal have shown that despite conflict and poverty child mortality rates can be reversed.”

See also here.

French children’s cartoons of Bush and the Iraq war: here.

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