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Figures on the Iraq occupation

Issue No. 2089

  • 4.4% – The portion of Iraq’s national budget that is being spent on reconstruction
  • 12,000 – The number of Iraq’s 34,000 doctors that have now fled into exile
  • 54% – The proportion of Iraq’s population living on less than 50p a day. Some 15 percent of the country lives in “extreme poverty”
  • 75% – The proportion of Iraqi children that have no school place
  • 4 million – The number of Iraqi refugees – the largest refugee crisis in the Middle East since the fall of Palestine in 1948
  • 40% – The unemployment rate in Iraq. Inflation is running at 50 percent
  • 77% – The proportion of Iraqis who have been affected by air bombardments, shelling or rocket attacks
  • 60,000 – The average number of Iraqis displaced each month during 2007
  • 75% – The proportion of Iraqis who know someone close to them who has been killed or murdered
  • 26,000 – The number of Iraqi prisoners held in US custody – more than the 24,000 held by the Iraqi governmnent
  • 100 – The number of “suspected insurgents” seized by US troops each day
  • 80% – The proportion of Iraqis who have witnessed a shooting. Some 72 percent have witnessed a car bomb.
  • $500 billion – The amount of money spent by the US government on the Iraq war and occuption so far

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Tue 19 Feb 2008, 18:45 GMT
Issue No. 2089
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