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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] > Sent: 06 March 2004 03:09 > > Four damning and despairing stories have recently reported > the state of Iraq's hospitals. Today's Washington Post > carries the most powerful of the lot (below in ts entirety), > and others (from the NYTimes, Independent, and AFP) are > cached on OccupationWatch's website (links below). Thank you, Drew, for these disturbing articles. Has anyone on the list seen a follow up to the 10 December (2003) Associated Press story, "Iraq's Health Ministry Ordered To Stop Counting Civilian Dead"? I excerpt from it below. Just over a month ago, I spoke to an Iraqi journalist, who told me that he had pursued the story briefly, but had been unable to make headway with it. Thus, whether or not this is true, and what mortality figures look like now, are mysteries to me. If list members had further information on this story, I would be very interested to hear from them. If list members are in touch with journalists in Iraq who might be in a position to research the story, they might appreciate the suggestion. Best, Colin Rowat work | Room 406, Department of Economics | The University of Birmingham | Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK | web.bham.ac.uk/c.rowat | ( 44/0) 121 414 3754 | (+44/0) 121 414 7377 (fax) | email@example.com personal | (+44/0) 7768 056 984 (mobile) | (+44/0) 7092 378 517 (fax) | (707) 221 3672 (US fax) | firstname.lastname@example.org Iraq's Health Ministry has ordered a halt to a count of civilians killed during the war and told its statistics department not to release figures compiled so far, the official who oversaw the count told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The health minister, Dr. Khodeir Abbas, denied in an email that he had anything to do with the order, saying he didn't even know about the study. ... Dr. Nagham Mohsen, the head of the ministry's statistics department, said the order was relayed to her by the ministry's director of planning, Dr. Nazar Shabandar, who said it came on behalf of Abbas. She said the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority, which oversees the ministry, also wanted the counting to stop. "We have stopped the collection of this information because our minister didn't agree with it," she said, adding: "The CPA doesn't want this to be done." ... A major investigation of Iraq's wartime civilian casualties was compiled by The Associated Press, which documented the deaths of 3,240 civilians between March 20 and April 20. That investigation, conducted in May and June, surveyed about half of Iraq's hospitals, and reported that the real number of civilian deaths was sure to be much higher. _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk