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Dear friend Martin Woollacott correctly points out that the economic sanctions on Iraq would not have had the devastating effect that they would have done if Iraq had not been such a technologically advanced society, and one therefore 'highly dependent on imported items for its infrastructure'. ('Iraq's devastation is due to Saddam, not sanctions', 23 February, p. 24) However, he fails to draw the obvious conclusion that the suffering of ordinary people cannot be overcome until Iraq is allowed those items necessary for the restoration of the public health infrastructure - for the water treatment and delivery systems, for example. I saw myself last month that the boutiques of Baghdad are well-stocked for the well-heeled, and that at the same time the hospital wards are full of children suffering gastrointestinal diseases because the drinking water is contaminated. Voices in the Wilderness UK breaks the sanctions on Iraq by carrying medical supplies to children's hospitals without an export licence because we have seen for ourselves the impact of sanctions on ordinary people And because we know, as the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation reported in 1995, that the tragedy of Iraq can only end when ordinary families have breadwinners in work, and are paid in money that means something. Without a general economic revival, the rich will continue to feast and the poor will continue to suffer. Without the lifting of economic sanctions, the Iraqi economy cannot recover. These are simple truths that elude Mr Woollacott. Yours Milan Rai Voices in the Wilderness UK 29 Gensing Road, St Leonards on sea TN38 0HE ph 0845 458 9572 (local rate) pager 07623 746 462 email@example.com Martin Woollacott -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email firstname.lastname@example.org Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://www.casi.org.uk