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PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 9:26 pm 
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The littlest victims. While violence rages on, the education they get is scarce. The quality of life they get is scarce.

Schools can provide children a chance to play but sometimes it is not safe," she said. "A number of school buildings have been hit by mortar."

According to an Oxfam report on Iraq released Jul. 30, "92 percent of children had learning impediments that are largely attributable to the current climate of fear. Schools are regularly closed as teachers and pupils are too fearful to attend. Over 800,000 children may now be out of school, according to a recent estimate by Save the Children UK -- up from 600,000 in 2004."


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BAQUBA, Sep 2 (IPS) - The violence around the continuing U.S. military operations in this city has robbed children of their childhood.

Only two provincial schools and one private kindergarten school are functioning in this city of 280,000, located 50 km north of Baghdad. Most children know neither school nor play.

Or even the food they want. "We parents can hardly meet the basic requirements of food," Mahdi Hassan, a father of four, told IPS.

"Nobody even mentions chocolate or pastries or anything else because Iraqis know they are not important," Baquba resident Wissam Jafar told IPS. "Children eat what the other members of the family eat. Toys and games are offered only at festivals and on special occasions."

Baquba city, capital of Diyala province, has been at the centre of major U.S. military operations to fight al-Qaeda like forces. People have suffered from the violence from both sides.

By now Iraq has seen a generation of children pass with just survival a major issue. During the period of economic sanctions imposed on Iraq in the 1990s, more than half a million children died, according to the United Nations.
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The littlest victims still wearing the ill-effects of war:

Children As “Collateral Damage” Of The War In Iraq
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Professor Kholoud Nasser Muhssin of the University of Baghdad points out that approximately 60–70% of all Iraqi children suffer from psychological problems. Many of them have also survived traumatic experiences. Psychological wounds are difficult to heal and post-traumatic stress disorder is very common. “New generations, especially this one, will be aggressive,” points out the Baghdad psychiatrist Bilal Youssif Hamid. Many children whom Hamid has tried to treat have witnessed or participated in murders and death. Although parents are frequently too afraid to take their children to a clinic for a medical check-up, much less to school, even the children who go to school have great learning difficulties, as well as anxiety, depression, aggressiveness, nightmares, bedwetting etc. War is always catastrophic for the human psyche.


Desperate Iraqis resort to selling their children
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By Yehonathan Tommer | Published: 6 January 2008 10:42pm

Despite American optimism at Iraq's gradual stabilisation, local officials and international aid workers are concerned at the alarming countrywide numbers of missing and disappeared Iraqi children, unwittingly sold by poverty-stricken parents to child traffickers for the sex industry, cheap labour and organ transplants on the black market.

Omar Khalif, vice-president of the Iraqi Families Association (IFA) told Aljazeera news agency that at least two children are sold every week and another four are reported missing. The numbers have increased by 20% over 2006.
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Many children can be sold for as little as USD3000 ($3500 Australian) while babies can fetch as much as USD30,000 ($35000 Australian) a senior Interior Ministry official told the Arab English language network.

"Extreme poverty and nationwide unemployment have pushed desperate and anguished parents into the unthinkable and many believe that they can save their children's lives to guarantee them a better future by giving them up for adoption," Mahmoud Saeed, a senior official at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs said.
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You think of our country and the way we treat children , protecting them from the real world so they can grow up deluded and brainwashed and you realize just how warped and skewed our vision has become, with our assumed privilege which places us above this level of existence. The human jungle and all its fears being thrust upon the future is one of the considerations that America took with the native Americans as well and has no compunction about what they are doing. It is another case of destroying the future for the inhabitants and as the natives say, will affect them to the 7th generation.

We have created enemies which will satisfy our murderous white devil rampage in Indian territory wherever it raises its potential. The Gods must have their sacrifices, and women and children dying make them very happy.

What Would jesus Dictate about hurting his children that he loves. ALL the little children! Methinks his words are trod under the sands of time and remind us that some (our) children are more equal than others. Ditto for their mothers. Ah yes, family values do matter when their our families.

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I think it is clear that the intent of the invasion is to destroy. Why would the children be exempt?

Iraq was ruled by the secular Bath party, it had nothing but disdain for Bin Ladens Al Queda or other hard right Islamic fundamentalists/terrorists.

Yet the invasion took place by convincing the public that Iraq was somehow responsible for 9/11 when nothing could have been further from the truth.

The monsters have benefitted...but we expect that when an international crisis develops. What most of us did not expect is this:
Our mainstream media was almost 100% compliant in selling the public. They have absolutely sold out lock, stock, and barrel.

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5 million children orphaned in Iraq?

For the children
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By Shea Howell | Friday, JAN 18, 2008

Those of us who live in cities like Detroit know something about the erosion of our souls when confronted with violence. On a daily basis we see the shattering of children who see too much, endure too much, lose too much of the safety and security that they have every right to expect from the adult world.

It is because of the children, both here and in Iraq, that we must end this war and repudiate the ways of thinking that got us into it.

Even for a media weary of reporting violence and wary of serious critiques of the Bush surge, the failure to confront the latest reports on the state of Iraq’s children is astonishing.

In the midst of the death of Benazir Bhutto and the build-up to the Iowa primary, the media seemed incapable of helping us focus on the catastrophe of Iraq’s children.

Two weeks ago the anti-corruption board in Iraq revealed that 5 million children are now orphaned there. This staggering number of lives fractured by violence was reported after official governmental statistics were gathered and presented at a conference in Baghdad. Moussa Faraj, the anti-corruption board chief, said “The government should set up an institutional or legislative program to help the Iraqi orphans. Iraq is an oil rich country and it is not acceptable that its orphans remain groaning in tragedy.”
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And why does Iraq's crappy Public Distribution System still exist?

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In 2004, a survey by the World Food Program (WFP) found that at least 6.5 million Iraqis were highly dependent on the food ration and a further 3.9 million would become “food insecure” without it. The WFP estimated that at least 27 percent of Iraqi children were already suffering chronic malnutrition. Many of the poorest Iraqis were not consuming their ration, but selling part on the market to help get the money necessary for other essentials such as clothes and rent.

More than three years on, Oxfam International estimates that just 60 percent of Iraqis are still able to pick up their ration, compared with 96 percent in 2004. Security concerns prevent large numbers of people from going to nearby distribution centres. Sectarian militias fostered by the US occupation use the allocation of food as part of the systems of patronage they preside over. The WFP has announced this year that it will try to provide emergency food relief to more than 750,000 Iraqis who have been displaced by violence and cannot access the PDS.

Those who can reach distribution centres find that many do not have items in stock due to delivery delays and shortages caused by the wholesale theft. The quantity of food available has fallen by 35 percent under US occupation, according to experts cited by the IRIN UN newsagency. The quality has also sharply deteriorated, with people expected to consume substandard products or items past their expiry date.
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What you're describing here is an occupation that is intended to destroy a countries future. The physiological decimation of the children is integral to their plans for long term stay, and the psychological damage goes on for generations. Look at the natives here and how long it has taken for them to integrate into our society. More than half are still destitute and hurting but those that are integrated are either red on the outside and white on the inside( called macintosh apples) or are working hard within the system to get back their lives and dignity.

The Iraqi's are blessed with natural resources that would make them secure and powerful in the world, but much like the Indians they have lost all control over their assets, while greedy white people take what they think is their privilege and resources for their profits.

The decimation of the future peoples is essential for this long term plan to succeed, so women and children are justifiable targets.

There will be no civilians anywhere. Everyone is a target. When that comes home to us, there will be no one to turn to for help.

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