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Monday, March 17, 2008

Red Cross reports need for clean water in Iraq

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Monday released a report assessing circumstances in Iraq five years after the 2003 invasion, Reuters reported the same day.

The healthcare situation in Iraq is bleak, with “hospitals lack[ing] beds, drugs, and medical staff,” the article states, citing the report. Many Iraqis are in desperate need of clean water as well. According to the article, “some areas of the country of 27 million people have no functioning water and sanitation facilities, and the poor public water supply has forced some families to use at least a third of their average $150 monthly income buying clean drinking water.”

The ICRC stated: “Five years after the outbreak of the war in Iraq, the humanitarian situation in most of the country remains among the most critical in the world.” Describing Iraq’s health care system, the group added that it is “now in worse shape than ever.”

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