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re: [casi] Re: CASI-discuss digest, Vol 1 #317 - 2 msgs

> This week's Economist (Jan4 -10 2003) says that "Iraqis are currently
> receiving double rations of the government-distributed food they rely
> on to survive"

Hi Eddie,

The Iraqi government has begun to distribute rations less frequently,
but in larger quantities.

On 26 December Reuters reported that: Iraq has increased food rations to
let citizens stock up for a possible war with the United States, its
trade minister said on Thursday.  The minister, Mohammed Mehdi Saleh,
told Reuters supplies distributed so far should ensure everyone had a
stockpile to last three months.  "And we are going to increase the
quantity in the coming months so that everybody is secured in this
regard," he said. (Iraq stockpiles food for possible attack by U.S.,
Nadim Ladki).

Here are some earlier references:

25 November, "STANDING BY SADDAM FROM A DISTANCE", Tim Cornwell, The
Scotsman: Baghdad doubled food rations last month.

10 October, "Waiting for War" Pete Norman, People Magazine: The
government recently began distributing two months' worth of rations out
of concern that the foodstuffs in their warehouses would be destroyed.

20 August: "Iraq Shows Baby Milk Store at Reported Weapons Site",
Reuters, Huda Majeed Saleh: Trade Minister Mohammed Mehdi Saleh "on
August 4 as we started to distribute food rations every two months ...

7 August: "War is talk of the town in Baghdad", Reuters: The government
declared last week that as of August, food rations would be distributed
every two months instead of every month.

One interpretation is that the Iraqi government is trying to buy more
popular support by doing this.  The UN humanitarian scenarios document
indicates that many Iraqis are selling the extra ration elements given
them, so may not have a larger stock of food to fall back on in the
event of escalated hostilities.


Colin Rowat

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