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[casi] Pressuring Blair - Material on the Vulnerability of Children

Further to CASI's press release,
below is UNICEF material elaborating on the extreme vulnerability of
children in Iraq.

UNICEF, "Donor Update", 14 January 2003,

UNICEF,"Nutritional Status Under-5s in South/Centre Iraq", 21 November 2002,

UNICEF, press release, "Malnutrition down by half among Iraqi children", 21
November 2002,
* Mr. Carel de Rooy, UNICEF's chief representative in Iraq: "Despite
improvements there are still close to one million children under the age of
five suffering from chronic malnutrition in Iraq today - that's nearly a
quarter of all children of that age".
* "Malnutrition rates are very sensitive to changes in the availability of
food at the household level, so the recent gains could be lost," said de
Rooy. "If there was an exacerbation of the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, this
could seriously affect the distribution of food, leaving children at risk of
severe malnutrition once again."

Nathaniel Hurd
NGO Consultant on United Nations Iraq policy
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