5 million orphans in Iraq. Another Iraq war success.

Holy cow.  There are 5 million orphans in Iraq!  In a nation of 27 million people, that is nearly 20% of the population!  That means that 10 million parents at the most are likely dead.  Amazing.  This number is likely to be a low ball estimate as many orphans are taken in by relatives and those with only one parent killed are not counted.  Is Bush going to claim this statistic as one of the successes of the Iraq war in the State of the Nation address next month?  Read em and weep:


Baghdad, Dec 15, (VOI) – Iraq’s anti-corruption board revealed on Saturday that there were five million Iraqi orphans as reported by official government statistics, urging the government, parliament, and NGOs to be in constant contact with Iraq’s parentless children.
“The government should set up an institutional or legislative program to help the Iraqi orphans. Iraqi is an oil-rich country and it is not acceptable that its orphans remain groaning in this tragedy,” the anti-corruption board chief, Moussa Faraj, said during a conference in Baghdad dedicated to orphans in Iraq.
“The board on its own cannot meet the Iraqi orphans’ needs, but there should be an organization or even a ministry to provide care for orphans,” he said.
The Iraqi parliament’s women & family committee had proposed a draft law to set up a fund for the orphans.
During the conference, Wijdan Salem Mikhail, the Iraqi minister of human rights, said in a speech that the phenomenon “is one of the most passive things that grew immensely during the past few years due to destructive wars and unbridled violence in the country to unprecedented heights.”
“These factors have logically caused the number of widows and orphans to greatly increase,” she said.


5 Responses to “5 million orphans in Iraq. Another Iraq war success.”

  1. 1 John January 18, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I was in Amman last year. The Jordanians and the Iraqis I talked to there said that these stories are lies. I was told more than once that, “Arabs take care of Arabs.” It must be an Arab expression. When I read of a Christian Iraqi girl that was killed when the British pulled out of her area, I offered to marry a like orphan if it would provide her safety. The religious organization that I made the offer to, which claim to aid Christians being persecuted, said they did not get involved in such matters. If the stories were true, wouldn’t I see articles written by orphans on the net? I also tried to verify a report by CNN on a clinic in Amman. I could not. CNN did not respond to a letter I sent them and they took the report out of their files.

  2. 2 theradicalmormon January 19, 2008 at 4:11 am


    You said, “If the stories were true, wouldn’t I see articles written by orphans on the net?”

    John. Thanks for stopping by. I don’t think there are many orphans in a wartorn poverty stricken country who A) have access to the internet and B) have the ability to post something on the internet. Whether you believe it or not, there are too many orphans created by our lust for blood and oil in Iraq.

  3. 3 sara August 31, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Hey, my name is Sara, am a Syriac orthodox from Iraq, I left Iraq like 4 years ago, I didn’t read the whole thing but if u want u can ask me and I can tell u what is true and what is a lie but don’t ask me about politics coz I have no idea about what is really going on in that area.

  4. 4 theradicalmormon August 31, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Sara. What sort of stuff do you have for us? I would love to hear your experience.

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