The littlest victims still wearing the ill-effects of war:
Children As “Collateral Damage” Of The War In Iraq
...Desperate Iraqis resort to selling their children
WOUNDS BELOW THE SURFACE
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.
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.
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.