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Iraqis worse off after war

Dear Editor,

Regarding the validity of my information on post-war Iraq: I am getting daily reports from Americans currently in Baghdad (, who are visiting schools, hospitals, neighborhoods, and meeting with U.S. military officials.

A U.S. officer told the team that the current goal is to have power on for two hours at a time and then off for four hours, but still electricity is only on two to three hours a day. There is no phone service.

The schools have been looted and security is nonexistent, so while some are open, few students are attending. A female university student began crying, explaining that she was nearing graduation when the war broke out, and now with the school system in chaos, she is unsure whether she’ll be able to finish her degree.

Teachers and doctors who used to be paid by the government have been working without pay.

Doctors report that about 2 million children in Baghdad have suffered from severe diarrhea since April 1 due to lack of sanitation and clean water. The peace team visited a neighborhood where streets are filled with large green pools of raw sewage.

Iraqi friends of the team say, “It was better before. At least we had food.”

I invite those who think my pre-war experience in Iraq was merely an Iraqi propaganda campaign to come to my next free slide presentation at the Feral Cafe in Glenwood on June 9 at 7 p.m. Then they can judge for themselves who is the real victim of propaganda.

Sue Gray


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