Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq

2000, Politics  -   3 Comments
Ratings: 8.67/10 from 42 users.

After Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, the United Nations (backed strongly by the US and UK) imposed harsh sanctions on Iraq that lasted for 10 years (1991-2001); the harsh restrictions on imports of everything, including access to key medicines, resulted in over a million deaths, more than half a million of which were women and children. That's more deaths than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan and 9/11 combined.

The purpose was regime change, but it never came. The overwhelming majority of those killed were the poor, elderly, women and children. Empirically, sanctions overwhelmingly punish the poor, the destitute. While the sanctions were in place, the richest people in control of the resources (Saddam Hussein et al.) still had everything they wanted: food, cars, mansions, access to the best medicines, etc.

Award-winning journalist John Pilger has documented the reality of UN harsh sanctions in this hard-hitting film.

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3 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Rocky Racoon

    And we are still doing it 15 years later and in even more countries.

  2. coryn

    Can I even bear to watch this?

  3. Jennifer Leigh Dunford

    This honestly breaks my heart