July 30, 2007
|Eight Million Iraqis Need "Immediate Emergency Aid"||Iraq|
The horror of what's unfolding in Iraq really is beyond imagining. Consider this (AP):
About 8 million Iraqis — nearly a third of the population — need immediate emergency aid because of the humanitarian crisis caused by the war, relief agencies said Monday.
Those Iraqis are in urgent need of water, sanitation, food and shelter, said the report by Oxfam and the NGO Coordination Committee network in Iraq.
The report said 15 percent of Iraqis cannot regularly afford to eat, and 70 percent are without adequate water supplies, up from 50 percent in 2003. It also said 28 percent of children are malnourished, compared with 19 percent before the 2003 invasion.
"Basic services, ruined by years of war and sanctions, cannot meet the needs of the Iraqi people," said Jeremy Hobbs, the director of Oxfam International. "Millions of Iraqis have been forced to flee the violence, either to another part of Iraq or abroad. Many of those are living in dire poverty."
The report said more than 2 million people — mostly women and children — have been displaced within Iraq, and 2 million Iraqis have fled the country as refugees, mostly to neighboring Syria and Jordan. [Emphasis added]
A nation destroyed.
Surprised I'm not. If you don't know there has been massive flooding in Nepal, parts of China and South-East Asia. In Nepal 72 people dead in monsoon flooding (which started July-Sept) and an estimated 80000 forced from their homes. It's still not over, but now they are bracing for massive health epidemics brought on by the flooding (Cholera, dysentery, etc). The US response $50000 in aid. Well it’s something I guess. China with its own flooding problems (500 dead, 200 million affected) is offering more. The Australians offered $100,000. Guess the US policy is “No oil - no aid”.
Watch this is setting up to be one of the most devastating monsoon seasons on record. No there is no effect due to climate change. Keep saying that.
Posted by: Mark at July 31, 2007 04:57 PM