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Iraq in figures

Issue No. 2056

  • 2.2million Iraqis have fled their country, and approximately 1.9 million have been displaced internally.
  • 50,000 Iraqis are forced to flee their homes each month.
  • 100 civilians were killed every day from February to May this year. The number of attacks on both US forces and Iraqis have risen to an average of over 1,000 a week.
  • 200,000 Iraqi children are refugees in Jordanian. But only...
  • 20,000 Iraqi children are able to attend Jordanian schools.
  • 43 percent of Iraqi refugee children in Jordan witnessed violence in Iraq, and 39 percent said they lost someone close to them through violence.
  • 54 percent of the Iraqi population are estimated to live on less than 50 pence a day, while a further
  • 15 percent live in “extreme poverty”.

    Only 32 percent of Iraqis have access to clean drinking water. Severe malnutrition doubled between 2003 and 2005.

  • 8,000 Iraqis have been held in prison for longer than a year, while 1,300 have been detained for more than two years.

    Amnesty International comments that in aggregate “tens of thousands of internees” have been held in arbitrary and extrajudicial detention.

  • 20,000 Iraqis are being held in prisons and detention centres, leading to abusive over crowding.

    In April 2007, Iraqi inspectors found 827 prisoners jammed into the Mahmudiya facility built for 300, and in the Muthana air base they found 272 in a jail intended for 75.

  • 327 “air missions” by the US Air Force were reported in just one week in March 2007.
  • 2,000 Iraqi doctors were killed and about 12,000 left the country between March 2003 and March 2007.

Figures from UNHCR, United Nations, World Vision, Brookings Institution and Global Poverty Forum reports.

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Wed 20 Jun 2007, 10:53 BST
Issue No. 2056
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