Thursday, 20 March 2008

The war five years on: The mainstream media tells us Iraq is a more stable place, but UNICEF says otherwise...

Childhood in Iraq is more precarious than ever. Tens of thousands of children have lost parents and other family members due to violence. Some 600,000 children are among the 1.2 million Iraqis to have been displaced over the past two years with most families being unable to return home.

Conditions for displaced children and the communities hosting them are worsening. The increasing numbers of displaced families are creating an overwhelming demand for basic services. Most displaced families are living in communities that are already poor and often also badly affected by violence and insecurity.

Children’s education is also being compromised. Many schools suffer from overcrowding and are now forced to hold multiple shifts. Displaced children are less likely to stay or complete the school year.

Most children have experienced stress at various levels, with fear and anxiety becoming a major concern. From the remote marshlands of southern Iraq to the unstable cities around Baghdad and the mountains of the Kurdish north, children’s stories reveal the damage inflicted by conflict.

UNICEF is working across Iraq, delivering humanitarian assistance even in the most insecure areas.

Saturday, 25 August 2007

Iraqi Boy Who Was Burned By Masked Men To Have Treatment In U.S.

Although this treatment will attempt to help one Iraqi boy, by surgically reconstructing his face so that he can have full use of his mouth, Iraq is full of children who are being affected by the violence of war. UNICEF in June issued a statement on the condition of children in Iraq. In its statement UNICEF officials said, "The ongoing conflict and displacement are now putting the welfare of all children at risk."

Iraqi Boy Who Was Burned By Masked Men To Have Treatment In U.S. August 25, 2007 AHN

Vietnam War doctor hopes memoir will influence US Senate on Iraq

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Wednesday, 20 June 2007

New report reveals Iraqi Children Afflicted By Scars After Witnessing Acts Of Violence

World Vision International have released a report entitled 'Trapped! The disappering Hopes of Iraqi Refugee Children' revealing the terrible pyschological scars Iraqi children are suffering from witnessing acts of violence and death first-hand. The report coincides with World Refugee Day that took place yesterday.

It has illustrated 43 percent of children have witnessed acts of violence and 39 percent have had someone close die due to violence. It highlights that educationa and healthcare are key to helping these children cope with the trauma.

” Christian Today > Iraqi Children Afflicted By Scars After Witnessing Acts Of Violence

Iraqi orphans neglected by those whose job it is to care for them

US troops recently came across an orphanage where the children had been left for dead, tied to their beds.

Sergeant Michael Beale told CNN News:
"I saw children that you could see literally every bone in their body that were so skinny, they had no energy to move, no expression."

The store room however was full of food and clothing for the children. Read more here:Patrol discovers horrific abuse of Iraqi orphans Iraq Guardian Unlimited

Wednesday, 23 May 2007