Staggering civilian death toll in Iraq – UN report*

Just more statistics with no tears showing.

Even now it seems inconceivable to rational people that such a talentless man like  GW Bush could have attained the American presidency. celebrity and name recognition goes a long way in the United States of Amnesia.But there was the shameless palin showing up next to Trump.

United Nations Human Rights — Office of the High Commissioner*

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BAGHDAD/GENEVA (19 January 2016) – A UN report released today details the severe and extensive impact on civilians of the ongoing conflict in Iraq, with at least 18,802 civilians killed and another 36,245 wounded between 1
January 2014 and 31 October 2015. Another 3.2 million people have been internally displaced since January 2014, including more than a million children of school age.

Of the total number of casualties, at least 3,855 civilians were killed and 7,056 wounded between 1 May and 31 October last year – the period covered by the report, although the actual figures could be much higher than those documented. About half of these deaths took place in Baghdad.

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The report, compiled by the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is based largely on testimony obtained directly from the victims, survivors or witnesses of violations of international human rights or international humanitarian law,including interviews with internally displaced people.

“The violence suffered by civilians in Iraq remains staggering. The so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ (ISIL) continues to commit systematic and widespread violence and abuses of international human rights law and humanitarian law. These acts may, in some instances, amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide,” the report states.
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2 Comments »

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    mushafta Says:

    It’s called amnesia.
    The’ve already forgotten all these statistics.
    Trump resonates because he hits all the key notes- racism, bigotry, greed and nationalism to name a few.

    What’s appalling is the Canadian Conservatives who left in disgrace beating the war drums for continuing the bombing in Syria at a cost of well over $300 million when 75 percent of the bombing raids return with their payloads. And will we ever know how many civilians they took out? Not likely.

    We are just as complicit as the terrorists when we kill civilians. Check out the casualties the Russians have taken out. Staggering! Why do we have stats on that but no stats on the U.S. Coalition’s civilian casualties.

    I guess now that most of our Canadian media is in the hands of a few Giants we can expect a lot more cover up of this kind of thing.

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    mushafta Says:

    A great story I read today in the Nationsl Catholic Reporter about a female professor wearing a niquab in an evangelical college to show her solidarity with her Muslim sisters.

    She also claims that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

    We certainly share the same father of faith in Abraham, as do our Jewish brothers and sisters.

    But do we worship the same God? For me Jesus being part of the trinity is a bit of an issue but I do think we fight too much in a needless way over terminology. I have no issue with Muslims using the word Allah to describe God. He has to be father or mother of all.

    So the destruction the Americans have done to Iraq was for what reason? Seems to me too many evangelical Christians gave the signal to Bush to push the button. Now if only we could agree on a common theology and put aside all the religious nonsense!

    I have a non practising Muslim doctor who is so fed up with religion and war in the Midfle East he wants nothing to do with it. Can you blame him?


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