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Five Million Orphans in Iraq

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The number of Iraqi orphans increased in the last few years due to the war. According to official Iraqi government statistics released in December 2007, the number of Iraqi orphans had reached at least five million over the last three years. Many due to


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Karen M (176)
Sunday May 11, 2008, 11:00 pm
This is a tremendously sad situation. Noted, thank you, Elisa, for posting it.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 11, 2008, 11:03 pm

This is so hard to comprehend. We've killed their parents and left five million kids orphaned. And why? Because we wanted more oil to fuel our cars? Because Halliburton stood to make a lot of money? It isn't just Bush and Cheney. Everyone in Congress who voted to continue funding the war after they knew it was based on lies, needs to be tried for war crimes. And so should any American who votes for any of them. The Germans were able to pretend that they didn't know -- what's our excuse going to be? We KNOW, we just don't seem to care very much.

Thanks for posting, Elisa. Your news is always truly newsworthy.

Marena Chen (200)
Sunday May 11, 2008, 11:19 pm
Not All Germans pretended that they didn't know Mark. The majority REALLY did'nt. The approximately 5 million Orphans in Iraq were not all made by the US and co-allition forces. A huge portion were made by their own people. I am not trying to excuse anyone. It is a disaterous thing to happen to those innocent children through no fault of their own - they just got in the way of all those meglomaniacs and relifious fanatics. It's just so heart-breaking

Marian E (152)
Sunday May 11, 2008, 11:22 pm

What a wonderful organization and such amazing women! I am reduced to tears at the way they are turning their backs on the violence and teaching love and compassion to the children.

Everyone in Congress needs to see this video! Perhaps that would help them comprehend what we have done and that it effects real people and, sadly, real children.

Thank you so much Elisa.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 12, 2008, 12:29 am
Noted... thank you again Elisa for a great news find, very sad.

Jim P (3247)
Monday May 12, 2008, 1:22 am
5 million orphans... It is beyond my comprehension...

TY, Elisa.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday May 12, 2008, 1:34 am
I wonder what percentage have cancer:(

I said when the spunky Irish/brit woman Margaret Hassan was murdered, I'd never forget her. These Iraqi children were what she was all about. Trying in vain to help the children with cancer, and she died trying to help the children. If you got a moment please read about her.
Letter from Iraq: The Children's Ward - TIME,8599,411366,00.html

Who Killed Margaret Hassan?

This site is so very graphic, the children are born poisoned by depleted uranium. Don't go here if you're sensitive to this type of thing. It's very sad & disturbing.



Kathy Chadwell (354)
Monday May 12, 2008, 1:37 am
Thank you Elisa:)

Past Member (0)
Monday May 12, 2008, 1:49 am
Thank you Elisa..

Blacktiger P (247)
Monday May 12, 2008, 2:16 am
Thank you Elisa, to see this, after seeing the wedding at the Bush ranch on the news, gives me such anger at him and his lies.

Teresa Soares (82)
Monday May 12, 2008, 2:16 am
Everyday the world know the death of civil people in Iraqui and idem, militar men and women. Some children are killed too. The other boys and girls survive and the scenery is disaster and life/childooh vanished into smoke. Because powerful men in the other side of the world made up their minds to go to their land and kill, as they were the saviours of countries and makers of peace. They are not and never! This is not their first time, as economic profiteers, conjuring their interests and treason.
As portuguese Im very sad that Mr. Barroso, prime minister in my country when the Iraqui war begins, had received without reserve in Lajes basis, Azores, the really murders and infanticide and now he was leading European Union with large shameless and thinking in a second comission in it! The USA may seriously think in their next vote in give the power in a great nation to another president that supported the insane ideas of Mr. Bush and his men and woman Rice, co-religionist of this tremendous crime. Iraqui war must end. The world will thank.

. (0)
Monday May 12, 2008, 2:42 am
sadly noted....thank you Elisa

Past Member (0)
Monday May 12, 2008, 3:14 am
Elisa... thank you

Past Member (0)
Monday May 12, 2008, 4:30 am
USA started with all this! They should show "responsibility" and take care of all these orphans that they have produced with this war. By the way, the German government criticized the war and denied to send the army to Irak. And people here in Germany always knew that this is a war for oil and money. Even with this lost war, many people make a lot of money still today.

Thank you Elisa!

Monday May 12, 2008, 6:07 am
Noted. Thank you for this. Opens peoples eyes to how lucky they are. These poor kids don't know what hit them. So sad.

Gorilly Girl (339)
Monday May 12, 2008, 6:17 am
Okay it is so sad I cant even imagine, but what will happen to them all??? Whos gonna help them all???

Big Gorilly Hugs

Past Member (0)
Monday May 12, 2008, 7:19 am
Noted .Thank you Elisa .
Sadly those who are for this war will never allow themselves to read anything that shows them exactly what they are promoting !
My sister is Republican and voted for Bush and agree's with this war and also thinks torture is necessary to keep us safe ,she will not watch anything but Fox news or any other news which has a Republican slant and favors Bush's policies .As you might suspect we butt heads every time politic's is brought up.
While I know these woman are trying to promote peace in the hearts of these children some of them will be so scared by what has happened to them they will hate American's .
We all know that most American's hate this war but they don't know that .All they know is that American's invaded their country and displaced millions of people and left these children orphans .
Thanks to Bush and Company who has caused so much hate for American's in the middle east as well as some other foreign countries ,we are less safe than we were before he got in office.

Simon Wood (207)
Monday May 12, 2008, 9:11 am
The majority of Germans in WW2 didn't know that when Germany invaded other countries, people would get killed? What a load of rubbish! Of course they knew. Either that, or they were a nation of imbeciles, which I don't believe.

The reality was that the people of Germany knew that when Germany invaded other countries, people would get killed (and the MILLIONS of German men ACTUALLY IN THE MILITARY knew because they were the ones doing the killing). And the people of Germany either dehumanised the people who they knew would be killed, so it didn't worry them much, or else it did worry them, and they either resisted or fled Germany and nazi-occupied Europe, or they did nothing out of fear.

Past Member (2031)
Monday May 12, 2008, 5:44 pm
Thank you George Bush!

Past Member (2031)
Monday May 12, 2008, 5:45 pm
This is terrible and the war should have never been fought. That is why I say Thank you George Bush.

Gregory S (257)
Monday May 12, 2008, 6:22 pm
They are a beautiful people. This is a sad story that needs a good ending.

Elisa M (93)
Monday May 12, 2008, 6:56 pm

Thanks Mark, agree, there are no excuses. My heart aches for them, but as Marian mentioned, I am very grateful to these women, and the many others that are trying desperately to make a difference in these children's lives despite the tragedies they have all endured.

Tatiana Kostanian (96)
Monday May 12, 2008, 6:58 pm
Isn't it always the children who suffer deprivation 100% besides losing home, family, love, understanding and care. What is sad about all of this is that many will grow up to react and continue the violence. Says a lot about leadership doesn't it?

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Elisa M (93)
Monday May 12, 2008, 7:03 pm

Thanks Kathy for posting those links. BlackTiger, they could not give a damn for anyone, but themselves, and those that are of their ilk.

Many thanks to all that have commented and noted.

Elisa M (93)
Monday May 12, 2008, 7:22 pm

Tatiana A Kostanian, your post crossed mine. Thank you for your comment. You could also post this petition in 'Petitions Are Us' group, as well, 'The PetitionSite Centre', on Care2.


Past Member (0)
Monday May 12, 2008, 11:08 pm

Kristi K., why do you say thank you to George Bush for the war? Don't you know that he couldn't have done it without Congress? Don't you know that most of the Republicans AND Democrats in Congress voted to continue funding the war even AFTER they knew it was based on lies?

Do you know that all three major party candidates, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama, voted to continue funding the war and are committed to continuing the war? Why don't you say, "Thank you George Bush, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama?"

If you vote for a candidate who is committed to continuing the war, then I will say, "Thank you, Kristi K., for voting to continue killing more innocent people and making more orphans in Iraq."

If we want this crime against humanity to end, we have to take personal responsibility for it and stop voting for it and supporting it.

If you vote for somebody who you know has voted to continue funding the war, even after they knew it was based on lies, and who you know is committed to continuing the war, you can tell yourself that you oppose the war, but you can't tell me that. People who oppose war don't vote for war.

I am deeply opposed to war crimes and to crimes against humanity. Since the only candidates with a chance of winning in '08 have all voted to fund crimes against humanity and are all committed to continuing the war crimes if elected, I will not vote.

It is the Democrats who are protecting Bush from impeachment, because they don't mind creating another million orphans in Iraq if it will help them get elected. They have already voted to create five million orphans, so they don't care about another million or two million.

This site is called Care2. I have seen many people here decry the war, bemoan the victims of war, and declare themselves opposed to war, but I only know of a handful who won't vote for war.

Tell, me, Kristi, if this nation should be conquered, and there were war crimes trials like there were for Nazi Germany, are you going to try to pretend that you didn't know there were any war crimes? That you didn't know that the people you voted for had themselves voted for war crimes? Simon is correct. The German people knew and we know. There can be no defense of, "We didn't know." We know. And if you didn't, I just told you.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 12, 2008, 11:24 pm

I apologize for responding to Kristi. Kristi is just one of millions and millions of Americans in denial about the war crimes in Iraq. Kristi is probably a really decent, caring person who opposes war, but like millions of others, think that the way to oppose war is by voting for candidates who are committed to continuing the war.

My comments are not aimed at Kristi, but at the millions of people like Kristi who blame one man and try to pretend that he did it all by himself. He didn't. Without the Democrats conceding to him, voting for his war, voting to continue funding his war even after they knew it was based on lies, protecting him from impeachment, and vowing to continue his war if elected, he wouldn't have had a war and there would not be five million orphans in Iraq.

And if every American citizen refused to vote in an election where the only candidates with a chance of winning are committed to continuing the war, the war would end. They can only continue the war if they can say that a majority of the American people wanted them to and showed it by voting for them. The majority is opposed to the war. Or at least they say that they are. But they vote for it anyway.


Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 13, 2008, 6:37 am
Krisiti was sarcastic Mark.

Btw how does this have to do with Germany Simon? wrong country I would say and yes Mark they the US goverment should be put on trial ...

Uhoud Abdulmajeed (184)
Tuesday May 13, 2008, 11:33 am
who is responsible for that??? how they will grow up ? there father dead by the hand of terrorist , dead groups or American troops or by explosion 50 % of Iraqi have cancers came from the uranium in American weapons see what this war of fake freedom bring to Iraq

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 13, 2008, 11:44 am

Yes, and there are even more dead in Afghanistan. We must not allow these war crimes to continue or to spread to Iran or anywhere else. There are human beings with children everywhere and we must not poison the world with uranium. Do you have a geiger counter to take shopping with you to make sure that when you buy pots and pans for your kitchen, you are not buying ones made of radioactive metals that the U.S. exported, other countries made into kitchenwares, and that were then imported into the U.S. or sent to other countries? What goes around, comes around....


Elisa M (93)
Tuesday May 13, 2008, 1:17 pm

'The scale of the crisis facing the people of Iraq, inside and outside its borders, is so great that it's neighbours simply do not have the necessary resources to cope,' said World Vision's Advocacy Director for the Middle East, Sharon Payt.

A year ago World Vision warned of a 'trapped' generation of Iraqi youth, who were growing up in poverty, bearing the psychological scars of war, with few prospects for education or employment.

Full article


Alex Wilson (6)
Friday May 16, 2008, 5:58 pm
5 unforgivable.
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