The current invasion of Iraq by the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia poses a grave threat to the right to water of Iraq’s 24 million inhabitants, almost half of them children under the age of 15. Anglo-American military forces have already laid siege to numerous urban centers in southern and central Iraq, disrupting electrical, water and sanitations systems that sustain millions of civilians. With the approach of summer, when temperatures in this region regularly exceed 120 degrees Fahrenheit, the likelihood of water-borne disease epidemics is alarmingly high.
Those are among the conclusions of a new report by the Center For Economic and Social Rights. To talk about the report we have in our studio the Center’s executive director Roger Normand and Kate Hunt of CARE International.
- Roger Normand, executive director for the Center for Economic and Social Rights.
- Kate Hunt, head of the liaison office at CARE International