Magazine article New Internationalist

The Cost of War

Magazine article New Internationalist

The Cost of War

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Destruction

- $87 billion additional US funding for the continued occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan in 2004, of which

- $66 billion will go to military operations

- $30 billion will go to private companies

Reconstruction

- $20 billion to restore healthcare

- $12 billion to restore basic education

Sources: The Guardian, 10 December 2003, www.christian-aid.org.uk www.iraqrevenuewatch.org www.cnn.com

The human cost

In Iraq almost

- One child in four aged under five is chronically malnourished

- One child in eight dies before their fifth birthday

During the invasion, in the single town of al-Nasiriyya (central Iraq) at least

- 400 civilians were killed, including at least 72 women and 169 children; more than

- 700 women and children were injured

Most of these casualties were due to small-arms fire in a densely populated part of the city. …

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