Imagine growing up in
- The continuing violence in
Iraqdisplaces 25,000 children every month as their families are forced to seek shelter in other parts of or outside its borders. Iraq
- Approximately 75,000 children were living in camps or temporary shelters by the end of this year.
- This year alone, 1350 children were detained by military and police authorities for alleged security violations.
has anywhere from 3 to 4 million orphans, according to its Ministry for Planning and Development Corporation. Iraq
Since about 90% of those who die violent deaths are men, the number of unsupported widows and orphans in the country keeps rising. Out of the millions of orphans in
- It is estimated that 122,000 Iraqi children died in 2005 before reaching their 5th birthday.
The under-five mortality rate (U5MR) is considered a critical indicator of the well-being of children. Expressed as a rate per 1000 live births, it is the probability of dying between birth and exactly five years of age.
- One out of three children in
is malnourished and underweight. Iraq
Acute malnutrition among children younger than 5 years of age had been steadily declining for two years until the
- In May 2007, UNICEF reported that 25 percent of Iraqi children between the ages of six months and five years suffer from acute or chronic malnutrition.
Did you know that the nutrition issue facing Iraqi children a generation ago was obesity? Malnutrition only appeared as a problem in the 1990s with U.S.-championed U.N. trade sanctions against
- An estimated 760,000 Iraqi children were out of primary school in 2006.
UNICEF reports say an additional 220,000 children of primary-school age may have had their education disrupted in the year 2007 alone.
- Only 28 percent of
’s 17-year olds sat their final exams this past summer. Iraq
Furthermore, only 40 percent of those that did sit their final exams in South and
- The figures quoted above can only attempt to capture the slightest part of the ordeal that Iraqi children face every day.
Any amount of words or numbers will fail to do justice to their suffering…to the parents, relatives, shelter, health, laughter, and peace that Iraqi children have lost as a result of this war.