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imports of medical supplies to Iraq

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I'm an anti-sanctions activist based in Boston, MA, and have just
from a trip to Iraq. Our group visited hospitals, including neonatal
where we saw a number of incubators in operation. We were also shown
incubators that we were told were not operating at full capacity. So
although the sanctions have put a severe strain on Iraqi hospitals, it
is a
mistake to assume that nothing functions properly.

It is untrue to say that Iraq cannot import any medical supplies or
parts for medical equipment. The Sanctions Committee has vetoed many,
not all, requests for medical supplies. Medical supplies have been
in through the oil-for-food program. Foreign relief groups have also
in medical supplies and spare parts. A final, important source for
and many other civilian supplies is cross-border trade with Jordan and
neighboring countries - the only problem is the high cost of these
items and the lack of adequate government funding to purchase them.

Jonathan Edwards
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