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If the minefield of Middle East politics is hard to negotiate, the idea of making a programme on Iraq from Kurdistan - a political minefield of another dimension (and bags of CIA money) is a bit like making a programme on Palestine from Tel Aviv. Thoughts: storing babies in fridges in Najav - where the electricity barely staggers along a few hours a day, don't think so. Further, I doubt the regime would risk further rage and conflict in the south, they have enough to contend with. Religion and culture wise, not to bury within 12 hours is unthinkable - at any level. In my experience of too many lost fledgling lives of a few days old is the despair of the medical staff as anywhere on earth, but with the added dimension of knowing they could have usually had a different outcome, with the right medication and equipment - and the despair of a collapsing, keening mother, who either leaves with her baby or if beyond that, the grandmother and family remove the baby for burial. With older children, often there is simply no money for a funeral as all has often been sold to buy medication. As the government paid for weddings a few years ago, they went on to pay for funerals. If there is an element of publicity (and who knows, but I do know that child mortality in Iraq is a searing wound on the soul of the nation) 'we the people of the United Nations' should hang our heads in shame that these children are losing their lives at the alter of oil and political dominance - and that such a step to draw our attention to it, might be contemplated. Viet Nam and Laos have their mountains of sculls to remind of western atrocities, the concentration camps have their worldwide memorials - one could list numerous world wide, reminders of man's inhumanity to man, woman and child - is Iraq alone, to be denied even its expression of a unique historic crime? Thoughts, best, f. _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk