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100,000 reasons to end the occupation of Iraq

Issue No. 1926

Over 100,000 Iraqis have died because US and British troops invaded their country. The majority were civilians. The majority were women and children.

Most died violent deaths, the vast majority of which were caused by US air strikes.

These are the conclusions of a survey published by the Lancet, Britain’s most prestigious medical journal. The research was carried out by scholars from the equally prestigious John Hopkins University in the US.

Tony Blair and Jack Straw cannot rubbish this report. All they can do is try and bury it. We must not let them.

As Socialist Worker went to press Hussein Rustam, a doctor working in Baghdad, wrote to us reinforcing the Lancet’s findings.

“Iraqis are living under constant fear,” Hussein reports. “The occupation forces are trigger-happy because they are tense and scared. Going out is a risky venture, and after sunset most people stay at home.”

As a doctor working on the ground he argues that “the recent estimate of 100,000 Iraqi civilians killed since the invasion is far below the actual figures. People buried their dead, especially in villages, without official notification.

“From my contacts as a doctor the real figure is over 200,000. Essential services are still poor, and drinking water is below health standards.”

His closing line reminds us of the reality of everyday life in occupied Iraq: “I have to stop. It is time for the electricity to be cut.”

There are over 100,000 reasons why the occupation of Iraq must end now.

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Sat 6 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1926
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