March 09, 2003
Another report on the human costs of war in Iraq. Excerpts:
The Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) sent a team of experts to Iraq from January 17-30, 2003 to establish a baseline of current conditions and assess the probable consequences of war. The Research Team's main finding is that the international community is unprepared for the humanitarian disaster of another war in Iraq.
The Office of the Iraq Program has stated that the OFFP would be terminated in the event of war, and that the $10.9 billion worth of supplies already in the pipeline ¨paid for by Iraq but not yet delivered¨ would not be released without a new Security Council resolution. It is safe to predict that the humanitarian crisis resulting from another war in Iraq would far exceed the capacity of U.N. and international relief agencies.