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Re: [iac-disc.] Encouragingarticle about Iraq Sanctions

        I talked today briefly with Peter Pellet, who led most of the FAO
delegations to Iraq, about the figures. He said the excess child mortality
figures were found by comparing the current mortality rate with the
pre-sanctions rate. He quoted me the 500,000 figure from the latest UNICEF
study. When I asked about the 1 million excess mortality figure for the
entire population he told me these figures were coming from groups like
the International Action Center but he considered them realistic, so
apparently this is not an official UN figure. 

Edward Qubain

On Wed, 21 Feb 2001, Milan Rai wrote:

> > My understanding is that the UN figures are referring to deaths due to the
> > sanctions. The latest figure I know of is that 1.2 million people have
> > died from the sanctions. This was reported by the UN FAO in 1996, I
> > believe.
> The FAO 1995 survey did not produce an estimate of total child mortality.
> Some analysts working for the FAO did produce their own estimate (576,000
> children under five) which they had to withdraw about a year later because
> the next FAO survey threw up different figures and a radically lower
> estimate.
> If anyone has an estimate made by a UN agency or by a UN official of the
> total cumulative death toll attributable to sanctions, they should share it
> with these lists (preferably with references).
> Voices UK is not aware of any such estimate. We don't believe one has been
> made (so far).
> Best wishes
> Mil
> Milan Rai
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