Iraq

17
Oct

Crises Of An Orphaned Generation Over 5 million Orphans and a Million of Them Living on the Streets

October 2014

Crises Of An Orphaned Generation

Over 5 million Orphans and a Million of Them Living on the Streets

Dear LFCT Donors Due To Man Made Disaster, Every Day number Orphans and Widows is on Raise in Iraq





The endless violence that has been gripping Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion, leads to a critical orphan crisis. There are currently over 5 million orphans in Iraq, and the number is growing exponentially every week. The number of orphans living on the street touches the ONE MILLION mark.

These children are dangerously vulnerable to the multitude of kidnappers who will take full advantage: recruitment and exploitation by criminals or terrorists, as well as physical abuse, human trafficking, selling them abroad or benefiting from them locally as beggars, servants, prostitutes or just sold to wealthy foreigners and other risks. The plight of this large a number of children poses a serious humanitarian crisis as well as a threat to the future security and stability of Iraq. The need is desperate and urgent.

Iraq is probably the most dangerous and insecure country. Kidnappings, car bombs and assassinations are still part of daily life, no one is spared in these deadly events, no man, woman or child.  For children who lose one or both parents, becoming an orphan is a bleak prospect. No father to feed them, no mother to wipe their tears.  No roof over their head.

Population of Iraq: 30 million.

Percentage of Iraqis who lived in slum conditions in 2000: 17%

Percentage of Iraqis who live in slum conditions in 2011: 50%

Number of the 30 million Iraqis living below the poverty line: 10 million.

Number of Iraqis who died of violence 2003-2013: 350,000 to 800,000.

Orphans in Iraq: 5.1 million.

Orphans living in the streets: 1,000,000.

Number of women, mainly widows, who are primary breadwinners in family: 4 million.

Iraqi refugees displaced by the American war to Syria: 2.1 million

Internally displaced persons in Iraq: 3.2 million

SOCIAL CRISIS

Beyond the individual tragedies, the sheer number of Iraqi orphans has created a social crisis in a country that has less than 200 social workers and psychiatrists put together, for a population of 30 million people. It has no child protection laws, with the bombs and assassinations still a daily occurrence, the number of orphans is continually growing. Many of the facilities at orphanages need updating, and the whole social security system needs reform.

"This is a humanitarian issue and it's not being prioritised by parliament. They need laws and funds from the ministry of finance to deal with the problem. Recently Orphans joined protests in Iraq to call for a better standard of living, food, shelter”. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs estimate that around 5 million children are orphans. Nearly 70% of them lost their parents since the invasion and the ensuing violence. From the total number, around 1,000,000 children are living in the streets without a home or food to survive. Only 700 children are living in the 18 orphanages existing in the country, lacking their most essential needs.

"Unfortunately the budget allocated to projects that help street children and orphans is decreasing day in and day out," notes an Iraqi Red Crescent employee refusing to give his name. "Worse still, almost no NGO is dedicating itself to this group of kids who are subject to trafficking and sexual abuses in the streets."

12
Aug

Iraq: A Whole Country is Crying for Help, but Their Voice Goes Unheard. Please, help the voiceless with your donation!

  August 2014

Iraq: A Whole Country is Crying for Help, but Their Voice Goes Unheard.

Please, help the voiceless with your donation!

It is difficult for anyone outside Iraq to imagine what is happening there. Ordinary people are required to deal with situation that would put a challenge to trained soldiers. Let us listen together to the account of an Iraqi who managed to escape from Talafar:

Ehsan belongs to a Turkoman family from Talafar. Like all other families from this city, he and his family had to flee and seek comparative safety elsewhere, losing all their documents and possessions on the way. This is his story, as he tells it:

19
May

LFCT is seeking to raise funds for equipment for the ophthalmology department in Karbala…

LFCT is seeking to raise funds for equipment for the ophthalmology department in Karbala…

Transforming Darkness Into Light For The Deprived

          

Once endemic in most countries but is confined to Africa, Asia, Middle East and Aboriginal communities in Australia now.

Whether its trachoma in Syria, corneal scars in Lebanon or refractive errors in Iraq it is apparent that the Middle East needs our support. To think we take one of our five senses for granted is a thought that many find difficult to grasp; however, the truth of the matter is blindness is an epidemic that devastates many countries around the world today.  Unlike many other epidemics such as cancer or aids, where the cure is difficult to discover, over 80% of blindness is preventable that equates to a staggering 800 million people that suffer unnecessarily. The assumption might be made that the Middle Eastern government has the recourses to deal with this epidemic however one will notice how blindness directly dwindles the recourses needed to aid in the fight against blindness.

As we know that the eyesight of an individual naturally deteriorates with age; this proves to be the least of problems in the Middle East when acknowledging studies similar to one done in Lebanon where 231 children were studied in three blind schools in the age range of 6-20 years of age. Of these students 70 % were blind before the age of two, meaning that the quality of life is not entirely enjoyed and many young children are forced to live a life of additional hardships. A more recent study revealed that out of 137 blind Jordanian children 122 cases (77.7%) were found after 1970 some in which could have been treated with ease given the resources the developed countries have today. The time and date of these statistics mean that the problem is not getting better it is in fact taking a change for the worse.

09
Jan

The Lady Fatemah Trust is launching an appeal to raise funds for procurement artificial limbs for assisting amputee children

“This is the reality of what happened in Iraq; there is no other reality….”

                 

 

“…Line up the bodies of the children, the thousands of children - the infants, the toddlers, the school kids - whose bodies were torn to pieces, burned alive or riddled with bullets during the American invasion and occupation of Iraq. Line them up in the desert sand, walk past them, mile after mile, all those twisted corpses, those scraps of

torn flesh and seeping viscera, those blank faces, those staring eyes fixed forever on nothingness.

Chris Floyd, December 17, 2011

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