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Re:Red Cross - Life in Iraq 'desperate' because of sanctions

Conflicting news was verbally expressed by a returning United Nations'
[Customer Services ?] employee called 'Paul' recently at Cardiff International
Airport, as he stated there is plenty of food in Iraq.
Please could CASI members locate that person via contacts and request
that he enlarge on such information for those seriously concerned ??
A. Allen [male humanitarian]
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Date : 02 February 2000 18:43:08
Subject : NEWS - Red Cross: Life in Iraq 'desperate' because of sanctions 

>Red Cross: Life in Iraq 'desperate' because of sanctions
>February 1, 2000
>BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) -- Life in Iraq is increasingly desperate in spite
>of an oil-for-food deal intended to ease the bite of U.N. sanctions, the
>Red Cross said Tuesday. 
>“After nine years of trade sanctions...the situation of the civilian
>population is increasingly desperate. Deteriorating living conditions,
>inflation, and low salaries make people's everyday lives a continuing
>struggle,“ the International Committee of the Red Cross said in a report. 
>The report said Iraq's children have paid a particularly high price since
>sanctions were imposed in response to Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
>Infant mortality has tripled and the death rate among children under five
>is at least six times higher. 
>“The weakest and most vulnerable who suffer from sanctions are young
>children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with chronic diseases,“
>the Red Cross said. 
>Iraq blames the higher death rate on the sanctions, while the United
>States, which has pushed to keep them in place, blames Baghdad. 
>To cut the human cost of the sanctions, the United Nations developed the
>oil-for-food programme, which allows Iraq to sell $5.26 billion worth of
>oil over six months to buy food, medicine and other basic supplies. 
>But the Red Cross report said the program had not done its job. “It has not
>halted the collapse of the health system and the deterioration of water
>supplies,“ the report said. 
>Baghdad has repeatedly complained that most of its purchases have not
>reached the country, blaming U.S. and British representatives at the U.N.
>sanctions committee for delaying them. 
>Baghdad has dismissed a U.N. Security Council resolution issued on December
>17 which could ease sanctions if Iraq allows U.N. weapons inspectors to
>resume their work in the country. 
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