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Iraq poverty survey

Issue No. 2039

A third of the population of occupied Iraq now live in poverty -many more than prior to the US-led invasion.

A recent United Nations Development Programme study blames US-dictated free market policies which scrapped food subsidies and closed state enterprises, creating widespread unemployment.

Half the population have unsatisfactory water supplies with more than 40 percent deprived of good sanitation, the report found.

The report’s findings date from 2004, but it states the situation will have worsened since then due to the destruction in Anbar province and the capital Baghdad.

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Sat 24 Feb 2007, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2039
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