The Hidden Costs of Imperialism: Report Estimates Cost of Iraq Occupation at $1.6 Trillion

Iraq_war_swarmer From the period from 2002 to 2008, the war translates into a cost of $20,900 for a family of four. The Bush administration has already requested $804 billion for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. For the Iraq war only, total economic costs are estimated at $1.3 trillion for the period from 2002 to 2008. That would cost a family of four $16,500, the latest report shows.

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Hell on Earth—Conflict in Iraq is Masking Epic Humanitarian Crisis

Iraq372 A recent report sheds light on how violence in Iraq is overshadowing an enormous humanitarian crisis. Almost one third of Iraqis desperately need immediate emergency help that they are not receiving.

According to the recent report:

•    Four million Iraqis – 15% - do not have enough to eat.
•    70% are without adequate water supplies
•    28% of children are malnourished, compared to 19% before the 2003 invasion.
•    92% of Iraqi children suffer learning problems, mostly due to the climate of fear.
•    More than two million people – mostly women and children - have been displaced inside Iraq.
•    A further two million Iraqis have become refugees, mainly in Syria and Jordan.

The report was conducted and issued by the international agency Oxfam and the NGO Coordination Committee in Iraq (NCCI).

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