Iraqis Dying Due to Scarcity of Food and Medicine in Fallujah

April 25, 2016

Human Rights Watch recently reported that tens of thousands of Iraqis are at risk of malnutrition, starvation and death from disease as a result of a siege on the city imposed by the occupation. According to a news release published by the organization on April 7, “In late March 2016, a Fallujah medical source told Human Rights Watch that each day starving children arrive at the local hospital and that most foodstuffs are no longer available at any price...An Iraqi official in touch with some Fallujah families provided Human Rights Watch with a list of 140 people, many elderly and young children, whom the official said had died over the past few months from lack of food and medicine.” Since late last year the U.S. client regime of Iraqi nationals has cut off all supply lines to the city.

U.S. bombings in other areas, including Mosul and Kirkuk, are also resulting in many civilian casualties. Recently Mosul University was targeted by U.S. warplanes. According to Iraq Body Count, 53 people have been killed by U.S. airstrikes on Mosul since April 20.

On March 21, 2003 the U.S. government began the bombardment of Baghdad, dropping more than 1,300 bombs and cruise missiles on this city of 5 million people. Eyewitness accounts reported that large sections of the city went up in flames and hundreds of civilians were killed or wounded in the first several days of bombing. During the airstrikes, one journalist reported: “There is no safe place in Baghdad now.” Similar attacks were launched against the cities of Mosul, Kirkuk and Basra.

U.S. imperialism has repeatedly used warplanes, helicopters gunships, missiles and tanks against heavily populated civilian areas. It has besieged cities, denying water, electricity, food, medical care and other necessities to the people in Fallujah and cities throughout Iraq. It has dropped over 2,200 tons of depleted uranium shells on Iraq, poisoning the people and contaminating the country with nuclear radiation which will last for millions of years.

These barbaric methods used against defenseless civilian populations show again just what kind of a war U.S. imperialism is waging against the Iraqi people. The barbaric methods – the complete disregard for civilian lives – reflect the fact that the U.S. government is waging a war of aggression, of annexation – a war which aims at subjugating the Iraqi people, who are considered no more than “collateral” damage in U.S. imperialism's drive for oil and empire.

The root problem is that U.S. imperialism is determined to keep Iraq under its thumb and to prevent the Iraqi people from exercising their sovereign rights to national independence and freedom. A just resolution of the continuing crisis in the Gulf can only come about by an immediate end to the bombing attacks, the withdrawal of all U.S. troops, and the recognition of the sovereignty of the Iraqi nation. The Iraqi people will continue to assert their sovereign rights until victory.