Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq by John Pilger (2000)


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After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the United Nations (backed strongly by the US and UK) imposed harsh sanctions on Iraq that lasted for 10 years (1991-2001); the harsh restrictions on imports of everything, including access to key medicines, resulted in over a million deaths, more than half a million of which were women and children. That’s more deaths than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan and 9/11 combined. The purpose was regime change, but it never came. The overwhelming majority of those killed were the poor, elderly, women and children. Empirically, sanctions overwhelmingly punish the poor, the destitute. While the sanctions were in place, the richest people in control of the resources (Saddam Hussein et al.) still had everything they wanted: food, cars, mansions, access to the best medicines, etc. Award-winning journalist John Pilger has documented the reality of UN harsh sanctions in this hard-hitting film.

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Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq

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5 thoughts on “Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq by John Pilger (2000)

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  5. I can’t help but wonder what happened to the little girl named Saffa that Denis Halliday rescued by illegally importing medicine for her against UN sanctions. I hope she survived by leaving Iraq before the second Gulf war, which has now lasted over six years. However, just think of the fate of all the poor Iraqi children who did not have the means to leave or even to pay for the drugs to cure their cancers. If Iraq was in such terrible conditions under sanctions, just think what a hell it must be now. This film really broke my heart and made me ashamed to be an American, especially the comments of Jamie Rubin.

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