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Iraqi unemployment rate of 25-50 percent with 53 percent living in slums

Iraq has between 25 and 50 percent unemployment, a dysfunctional parliament, rampant disease, an epidemic of mental illness, and sprawling slums. The killing of innocent people has become part of daily life. What a havoc the United States has wreaked in Iraq.

UN-HABITAT, an agency of the United Nations, recently published a 218-page report entitled State of the World’s Cities, 2010-2011, which includes one shocking fact about urban Iraqi populations. For the past few decades, prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the percentage of the urban population living in slums in Iraq hovered just below 20 percent.

Today, that percentage living in slums has risen to 53 percent: 11 million of the 19 million total urban dwellers. In the past decade, most countries have made progress toward reducing slum dwellers. But Iraq has gone rapidly and dangerously in the opposite direction. (If we translate the Iraqi statistic into the U.S. context, 121 million people in the United States would be living in slums!)

If the United States had an unemployment rate of 25-50 percent and 121 million people living in slums, riots would ensue, the military would take over, and democracy would evaporate.

So why are people in the United States not concerned and saddened by the conditions in Iraq? Because most people in the United States do not know what happened in Iraq and what is happening there now. Our government, including the current administration, looks the other way and perpetuates the myth that life has improved in post-invasion Iraq. Our major news media reinforces this message.

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One Response to “Iraqi unemployment rate of 25-50 percent with 53 percent living in slums”

  1. […] roughly a fifth of the population! Many are simply too frightened to return, or too heartbroken by what they have survived. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Dennis Kucinich: “troop movement should not […]


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