Photo: A woman looks at the portraits of Iraqi journalists who lost their lives in the four year of the war in
REPORTS – LIFE IN
Iraqis surviving violence are not so sure they can also survive disease. "
…… A dentist from Fallujah told IPS that most Iraqis have been neglecting dental care because they are unable to afford it. "Dental care is considered a luxury by Iraqis now, and they will not visit our clinics unless they have an intolerable toothache," said the doctor. "Most of them would ask for a tooth to be pulled rather than filling it because they cannot afford proper treatment." The mental health situation is equally grim for Iraqis. In a study 'Psychological effects of war on Iraqis' the Association of Iraqi Psychologists (AIP) reported in January 2007 that of 2,000 people interviewed in all 18 Iraqi provinces, 92 percent said they feared being killed in an explosion. Sixty percent of those interviewed said the level of violence had caused them to have panic attacks, and this prevented them from going out because they feared they would be the next victims.
As the world marks another anniversary of Orphan's Day, orphans are increasing in
My mum – a sweet old lady pushing eighty - was a Schoolmistress (Principal) for almost thirty years, the last fifteen of which were in the secondary school that is located just behind were I live now, and about ten minutes walk from my parents’ house. She retired in1985 because only Baathists remained to serve that high honor. When she received the newly renovated school it was quite empty, and its grounds brown soil. She worked so hard, marshalling the efforts of the newly appointed teachers, and charming the parents of the students into the most unexpected donations of labor until the school became quite a sight, especially the grounds. The girls themselves participated by bringing plants for the gardens and saplings that each planted herself and watered herself all the year through. They were so proud of their school that when it was time to leave and move on to college, three years later, they cried both for their success and for their heavy hearts at leaving their beloved school. When she retired she left her heart behind inside the walls she so lovingly had decorated with ferns and arabesques; and she always preferred to take the rout that passes in front of the school and would sometimes drop in to say “hello” to whomsoever had remained there from that time.
Ever since the war she has not left the house except once every two months to receive her pension from the bank close by, because she is terrified of going out into our war zone. But she asks me every now and again, “Sahar, did you pass by the school?”, “ Sahar, do the girls look clean and tidy?”, “Sahar, do drop by and see if the plants are well taken care of, will you?”, , , , And I would always answer, “Yes, mum”, “Sure, mum”, “They’re soooooooooo beautiful, mum” , , , but would avert my face lest she see my expression. I couldn’t tell her that the school was converted into a recruiting post for the Police, especially chosen for its safe location between the houses of innocent people, and that it was targeted several times, so that now it and the adjoining houses look a real mess. I couldn’t tell her that the adjoining kindergarten with it’s beautiful playground was converted into a centre for investigating car bombs, and that not a single plant remained alive on the grounds, apart from the hardy cacti and date palms, and that no sound of laughter was to be heard there any more.
A bomb struck an oil pipeline Thursday, cutting off supplies and causing a huge fire in southern
Hassan Jumaa Awad wants
Iraqis celebrated the death of four British soldiers in a roadside bomb by parading the victims' helmets and equipment. The disturbing scenes came after the four were ambushed while on patrol in
REPORTS – IRAQI MILITIAS, POLITICIANS, POWER BROKERS
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told U.S. President George W. Bush in a recent videoconference that some Iraqi officials are involved in terrorism, government officials said Wednesday. The two leaders spoke Monday, a day after
Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has asked the prime minister to suspend two Cabinet ministers from his bloc because they backed a plan that likely will turn the oil-rich city of
Iraq Loses $8 Billion Through Corruption
Iraq's top corruption fighter said Wednesday that $8 billion in government money was wasted or stolen over the past three years and claimed he was threatened with death after opening an investigation into scores of Oil Ministry employees. In the chaos and lawlessness of
Spokesman Denies Reports on
A spokesman for
REPORTS – US/UK/OTHERS IN
U.S. Lets Red Cross See Seized Iranians
Iraq Accounting Is Still A Muddle
A newly formed consulting firm hired to account for more than $7.3 billion in Iraqi reconstruction money did not deliver a database that could help investigators track waste and fraud, a recent report found. The result: Two years after uncovering one major fraud case, auditors still haven't determined whether there was more graft in the spending of Iraqi oil proceeds. In April 2005, Stuart Bowen, the special inspector general for
Vance, a two-time George W. Bush voter and Navy veteran, recounted the events of his imprisonment and the grief of his fiancé and family. They did not know if he was alive or dead, he said. They were already making inquiries to the U.S. State Department on how to ship his body home. He then drew a wider circle around his ordeal to include the countless others who have been held falsely without charge and denied normal legal constitutional protections under law. "My name used to be 200343," Vance said recalling his prisoner ID. "If they can do this to a former Navy man and an American, what is happening to people in facilities all over the world run by the American government?" Vance's nightmare began last year on Apr. 15 when he and co-worker Nathan Ertel barricaded themselves in a