Thursday, July 12, 2007

[Update]Effect of US Occupation and Civil War in Iraq on Civilian Population

In addition to the estimated 655,000 deaths and uncounted hundreds of thousands more Iraqis wounded due to the invasion and ongoing US occupation of Iraq, at least 1 million Iraqis have been internally displaced.

According to the Iraqi Red Crescent Society:

Some 142,260 families - about 1,037,615 individuals - have become internally displaced persons (IDPs) since 22 February 2006

Of these, 37.5 percent are children under 12; 32.8 percent are women and 29.7 percent are men

The number of displaced people is increasing at an average of 80,000-100,000 a month

Baghdad has the highest humber of IDPs with 41,969 families; Mosul Province is second with 15,063 families; and Salaheddin Province third with 12,781.


When I posted this item earlier, I hadn't read this item by Just Foreign Policy, which estimates the total number of deaths in Iraq due to the US invasion at more than 974,000. The number is based on the Lancet estimates as of July 2006 and estimates of rates of growth in casualty counts derived from Iraq Body Count. I'm sure the number will prove controversial.

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