Report: Iraqi Kids Face 'Disaster'
BY HAMZA HENDAW
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Death, disease and starvation await Iraq's children should war break out, and casualties in the hundreds of thousands cannot be ruled out, according to a report released Sunday by an independent team of European and American experts.
The team forecasts a "grave humanitarian disaster" in its report, prepared by 10 experts from the International Study Team, an independent group of academics, researchers, physicians and child psychologists founded in 1991 to examine the effect of military conflicts on civilians.
The report expressed concern not only about casualties among children as a direct result of combat, but more importantly as a result of the results of war -- including disruptions of food supplies, lack of medicines, the flight of refugees.
About 500,000 children already are malnourished or underweight, and Iraq currently has only a month's supply of food and three months' supply of medicines. If a war cuts off supplies or damages Iraq's already decrepit medical infrastructure, then children would experience the most suffering, said the report.
The findings, read at a news conference, were based on data collected in three Iraqi cities -- Baghdad, Basra and Karbala -- and interviews with 200 families. The team did not receive any help from the Iraqi government
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