|By Paul Eedle in
Whose fault is it that Iraqi
children are dying of hunger and disease?
Medicine and essential foodstuffs are not
included in the UN sanctions which have
banned almost all imports and exports by
Iraq for the last eight years. So why
aren't enough supplies getting through?
There's so much propaganda and political
manoeuvering by all sides about this that
the truth is buried very deep. Here's
what I've been able to find out:
1. It's true Iraqi children are dying
who could be saved.
In Baghdad's children's hospital, I
saw one girls with lukaemia who's
recovering because her parents could
afford 40,000 dinars for the best
chemotherapy drugs, and another who's
dying because all the hospital can give
her for free is a cheaper, less effective
substitute. 40,000 dinars is only US$30,
but as much as a doctor earns in 10
In the emergency ward, there are children
sick with hunger who
don't need any drugs at all. They just
need food, and their families can't
afford it. Government rations cover only
about half the food a family needs and
don't include any meat at all. People who
can't earn enough to buy extra food are
simply starving. The UN estimates a million
Iraqi children don't have enough to eat.