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Some talk of genocide

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:722
  1. Tony Delamothe
  1. BMJ

    Paying the Price—The Killing of the Children of Iraq: A special report by John Pilger, ITV, Monday 6 March at 9 30 pm

    Last month, the United Nations' top official in Iraq resigned, no longer able to tolerate the suffering caused by nine years of economic sanctions. In taking this action for these reasons, he followed in the footsteps of his immediate predecessor. A few days after his resignation, the head of the UN world food programme in Iraq also resigned in protest.

    John Pilger's documentary, Paying the Price—The Killing of the Children of Iraq, showed why these people might want to distance themselves as far as possible from the policies of the UN Security Council towards Iraq. “Every UN agency dealing with health, food, agriculture, and children has reported repeatedly that tens of thousands of the most vulnerable in society have died or are suffering as a result of the sanctions,” says Pilger. “Why should the civilian population, including children born since the Gulf war, innocent people, be held hostage to the compliance of a dictator?”

    The World Health Organization estimates that, …

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