The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Twice as many Iraqi children starving today as 2 years ago

May 2, 2005

Jean Ziegler, the U.N. Human Rights Commission's special expert on food, reported that the rate of malnutrition in Iraqi children has nearly doubled since Saddam Hussein was ousted.

More than a quarter of Iraqi children don't get enough to eat. And the proportion of children under age five suffering from acute malnutrition rose to 7.7% by last fall from four% in April 2003.

Many of these children will die. Most of those who survive will be physically and mentally impaired and more vulnerable to disease for the rest of their lives.

No one would ever claim that children had a decent life under the regime of Saddam Hussein. But since the multiple U.S. attacks on Iraq, things have only gotten worse, year by year. The first U.S. war, followed by 13 years of economic sanctions and repeated bombings, destroyed Iraq's infrastructure and made life worse for Iraq's children. More than 500,000 children under age five died in that period.

But even that situation has grown desperately worse after the second U.S. invasion and two years of U.S. occupation.

In his April 28 news conference, Bush declared, "... we are making good progress in Iraq because the Iraqi people are beginning to see the benefits of a free society."

Benefits? Not unless starvation, death and destruction count as benefits!

Every single day the U.S. troops stay in Iraq only makes things worse.