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Humanitarian implications of the wars in Iraq

31-12-2007 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 868, by Nasir Ahmed Al Samaraie

The current situation in Iraq could be described as a "war on civilians". Going beyond the direct victims of the conflict, this article deals with the daily problems faced by Iraqi society, such as the lack of security in terms of housing, education and health care. The forcible eviction of many Iraqis is, however, remains the main problem threatening the basic cohesion of Iraqi society.

   

Nasir Ahmed Al Samaraie
is a former ambassador at the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign   Affairs. 

 
Abstract 
The current situation in Iraq could be described as a ‘‘war on civilians’’, for it mainly affects the livelihood and well-being of the civilian population, while serious security problems prevent the Iraqi people from leading a normal life. Going beyond the direct victims of the conflict, this article deals with the daily problems faced by Iraqi society, namely the lack of security in terms of housing, education and health care, as well as protection for the more vulnerable such as women and children. The forcible eviction of many Iraqis is, however, the main problem threatening the basic cohesion of Iraqi society.

   
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