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Friday, February 22, 2008

HELP - Iraq's Children are Suffering

An activist friend, who is also a mother and a grandmother, recently e-mailed to inform me of UNICEF's urgent alert - the immediate need of $37 million dollars to treat sick and wounded Iraqi children. The plight of Iraq's children has been a constant concern for anti-war humanitarian activists since the war began five years ago. Despite "The Surge" being touted as a resounding success by the Bush Administration, the appalling circumstances faced daily by Iraqi children have deteriorated drastically. An entire generation of children is endangered.

America's March 19, 2003 "Shock and Awe" attack on Iraq began a never ending nightmare of terror, suffering, pain, and death for Iraqi children.

Thousands of children have died in the unnecessary, illegal war that was forced upon their country. Thousands more have been orphaned. Tens of thousands have been blinded, lost limbs, taken bullets and shrapnel, been burned, brain injured, and psychologically and emotionally traumatized. Sadly, many wounded and sick children are being abandoned by parents, who as a consequence of the war, can no longer care for
them. Currently within Iraq 1.6 million homeless children need medical treatment and food.

There are the kids who are wasting away from what the Iraqis call "the white death" - Leukemia. During the First Gulf War, American and British forces pounded Iraq with 975 bombs and missiles that were coated with depleted uranium. Unfortunately, America and Britain do not clean up after themselves. The radioactive shell casings, bullets, and bomb fragments littered all over Iraq will remain active for 4.5 billion years. Incidents of leukemia in Iraq have increased over 600% since the 1990's.

Billions of dollars worth of additional radioactive bombs, missiles, and rounds have pummeled Iraq since the inception of George W. Bush's crusade to "save" the Iraqi people. Is it any wonder Iraq has developed into the location with the highest most concentrated rate of Leukemia in the world? Even worse, the fact that there are very few doctors left in Iraq to care for sick and wounded children is compounded by a severe lack of basic medical supplies, equipment, and necessaary medicines.

But that is not all. The destruction of Iraq's infrastructure by American and British forces, plus Sunni and Shi'a religious combatants alike, has left 60% of the Iraqi people without safe drinking water and seas of raw sewage in the streets. Dehydration caused by diarrhea is stalking and killing Iraq's children and they face a renewed outbreak of Cholera during the summer months of 2008.

Malnutrition is a constant for these poor, war-weary innocent victims and they can't even go to school to forget their misery. Many schools have been closed or destroyed entirely. Often the journey to reach a school is far too d
angerous for children to undertake. And now, in the southern province of Qadissiyah, 275 children have been stricken with leishmanaisis, a disfiguring skin idsease that can also lead to death if it attacks internal organs.

Although billions of taxpayer dollars were designated for the repair of Iraq's infrastructure and the rebuilding of it's institutions, most has been pocketed by American contractors or skillfully diverted to finance the continuing construction of 14 enduring / permanent US military bases instead.

It is apparent that the American government has no intention of taking responsibility to relieve the suffering they have visited on the youngest victims of the on-going war and occupation.
Their childhoods have been stolen. How much more can Iraqi children withstand? An entire generation of children is endangered.

It is up to us to help.
Please send something if you can or help by promoting public awareness about the plight of Iraq's children. If you prefer a more established charity donate to UNICEF. I chose to contribute to a smaller organization. I mailed a modest check to Iraq Health Now whose Project Coordinator, Kathy Murphy, has managed to ship containers with medical supplies, little wheel chairs, walkers, and crutches to the hospitals in Basra. Every little bit will help - money is needed for postage as well as supplies, so even a coupla bucks will be put to use.

Note: We save pennies, pocket change, and recycle cans and bottles. These funds accumulate and are put to use for political or charitable contributions. Our unimpressive but useful financial stash has once again enabled us to help others - for that I am thankful.

If they gave a war and nobody came,
Iraq's children would be living normal lives.
...........Kitchen Window Woman..........

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Blogger deuddersun said...

Dam, Sister, I knew this, but, didn't really know it until now.

I'm going back to work next Monday, so I'll pony up what I can to help out.

I'll post a reference to this at my place soon. You are the conscience of the API. Good job, Sister.


11:12 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Thanks, Bro, its a terrible sad situation for those kids. They are Iraq's future.

I've been reading a lot about depleted uranium and its making me sick. We've got to educate the public about it. As bad as Agent Orange was (its still killing Vets and Vietnamese every day) DU is a thousand times worse. The cancers, leukemia, and birth defects that result from DU are horrible and it keeps killing forever.

I can't understand why Americans would use a radioactive poison on human beings. Iraq veterans are sick, too.

Glad to hear you are back to work and thanks for posting a reference.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Carol Gee said...

This post is a labor love, KWW. Thanks for writing it. I will surely link to it in one of my subsequent posts. It is not Known, as your first commenter describes it, nearly enough.

4:57 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Thank you. The more we can raise public awareness the more lives will be saved.

I plan to do several blogs in the future on the terrible weapons that America uses against civilians all over the globe. We use chemical and radioactive weapons and since Bush our tax dollars are paying for the development of biological weapons in Universities all over this country.

Women and children are the primary victims of America's WMD.

3:29 PM  
Blogger libhom said...

The more I read about the specifics of the war, the more horrified I become. People in this country need to learn more about what the Iraq war is really like.

7:45 PM  
Blogger redpill8 said...

Thanks KWW for the article. It's unconscionable that this war is still going on which is why I asked people last week to not fund it anymore through taxes.

I also wanted to let people know about Middle East Children's Alliance (MECAforpeace.org) which is one of the best aid groups out there as you don't need to worry about your money being spent on administration and advertising cost. MECA survives on a bare-bones budget -- most of your money will end up where you intended it, not in some administrator/advertiser's pocket. Here's their website: http://www.mecaforpeace.org

I am also a bit leery of UNICEF. As you know UNICEF is a creation of the UN which supported the sanctions in Iraq which killed upwards of a half a million children. They are not an NGO but an inter-government institution, which, ironically, receives moneys from the U.S. government. http://www.unicefusa.org/site/c.duLRI8O0H/b.25933/k.8DDD/US_Fund_for_UNICEF__US_Fund_for_UNICEF.htm

I think MECA is a much better choice.



5:41 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Thank you for the MECA link I added it to my links. It looks like a real good organization.

I am appalled war continues, too. Many in America don't give a damn about what is being done to the Iraqi people that they claim to be saving.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your post, KWW. Now I know a lot of americans are worry about the children of Iraq like the rest of this planet is.
I'm from Chile (South America) and thanks to Redpill8 I know how to help them a bit.
I wish there a lot more of KWW in the US...I bet the world should be much better.
Keep going, you are doing a good job.
Jorge Jiménez M.

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