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Threat of war is affecting mental health of Iraqi children

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 March 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:030349
  1. Jocalyn Clark1
  1. 1BMJ

The vast majority of Iraq's 13 million children will be affected if the war between Iraq and the West goes ahead, a report released by a Canadian led team of health experts concludes.

The report, based on a humanitarian fact finding mission in Iraq that included interviews with 100 families in Baghdad, Karbala, and Basra in January 2003, warns that Iraqi children are at grave risk of starvation, disease, death, and psychological trauma.

Casualties are predicted to be in the tens of thousands in the …

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