Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Hidden War on Women in Iraq

The Hidden War on Women in Iraq

According to doctors, dozens of women in Iraq each day face delivery difficulties caused by violence and the curfew that is preventing access to health care during the night. . . .UNICEF has said Iraq's maternal mortality rates have increased dramatically in the last 15 years. In 1989, 117 mothers out of 100,000 died during pregnancy or childbirth. That figure has now gone up by 65 per cent.

Preparing for War in Iraq: Making Reproductive Health Care a Priority
[READTHIS AND THEN google "George Bush and reproductive health"]

Like women everywhere, Iraqi women have always been vulnerable to rape. But since the American invasion of their country, the reported incidence of sexual terrorism has accelerated markedly. -- and this despite the fact that few Iraqi women are willing to report rapes either to Iraqi officials or to occupation forces, fearing to bring dishonor upon their families.


Anonymous said...

How soon are nurses and doctors going to be able to get into the country to help?

Marilyn said...

The relief web has some information about this: