Iraq: A Country of Orphans

Published: Sep. 13, 2010 – Azzaman

One in every six Iraqis is an orphan. That is the toll Iraqi children are paying in a country which is supposedly under the occupation and protection of the world’s only superpower.

Not all the orphans are the result of the violence that swept the country in the aftermath of the 2003-U.S. invasion.

But the invasion has caused untold miseries for Iraqis, surpassing those inflicted on them by their former tormentors, the clique that ruled Iraq under Saddam Hussein.

There were unconfirmed reports that Iraq has turned into a country of orphans. But the exact figure only became a reality recently, when the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs made public its own statistics.

The statistics points to dangerous demographics with grave social, health and economic consequences for a country which still lacks basic infrastructure.

These are the voiceless Iraqis. Their U.S. occupiers have almost cut and run and their Iraqi rulers are not so much concerned about their livelihood and well-being.

In a violent country like Iraq, where U.S. marines with bullet-proof jackets and thick armor, cannot feel safe, there is not so much room for an orphan.

Hundreds of thousands of them live on the street. There is no social security system to look after them.

As for who killed their parents, that is a totally different question.

They could be victims of random or deliberate fire and shelling by U.S. marines, their security guards or the multifarious militia groups which the U.S. helped prosper and mushroom.

If we consider the numbers of Iraqi orphans in terms of U.S. population of 308 million, the five million Iraqi orphans would be the equivalent of nearly 50 million U.S. orphans. Imagine major U.S. cities such as New York, L.A., Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and Philadelphia all populated completely by orphans.

There are so many stories in Iraq which its occupiers and rulers, and unfortunately the international media, would like to keep under wraps.

But to give lip service to this massive number of orphans, more than 16 percent of Iraqi population, and nearly half its children, is really devastating to hear.




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4 Comments on “Iraq: A Country of Orphans”

  1. Annie Ladysmith says:

    This is indeed a very old story and the origins of the total destruction of Iraq, without mercy, without conscience, has it’s beginnings in a Hebrew book called Esther, a Jewess named after a pagan goddess.

    In this book we read of the first Purim holiday and how the Jews took revenge on their enemies. “And these days of Purim should never cease to be celebrated by the Jews, nor should the memory of them die out among their descendents”.

    The Babylonians, todays Iraqi’s, sacked Jerusalem and ground their first temple to dust. As the noose tightens around the earth, revenge will come calling, they plan to settle all old, and any new, accounts once and for all.

    Dear Persians, many of you are Christain, prepare yourselves and know that they will give you no quarter so never surrender. You have seen the devastation in Iraq so dig in and teach your kids how to dig, arm yourselves with everything possible, and did a hole underground with essentials, they will test their designer nukes on you.

    Egypt, your time will come also when the great Revenge will come after you, not only for that 6-day war, but for the ancient captivity and how you treated their Moshea. You were very rude to Moshea so better watch out.

    The Germans better get strong again or Europe dosn’t stand a chance! They will not leave one German alive.

    My heart breaks for the little orphans, I would bring them here and take them into my house, as many as would fit, and clean and feed them. Children that eat like birds, how light would that burden be. Glad for any little thing, not like the spoiled brats in this country.

    My heart breaks for the children, may God in his mercy fed them angels food and protect them from any more evil. He’s the best we’ve got. And he will save a remnant of every nation and tribe on this earth.

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