Friday, December 3, 2004

Fallujah refugees in desperate need of aid: UN

More than 200,000 people who fled Fallujah ahead of the US attack have yet to return and many are in desperate need of aid, with temperatures in Iraq heading towards freezing, a new UN emergency report says.

Figures compiled by the International Organisation for Migration show that 210,600 people, or more than 35,000 families, have taken refuge in towns and villages around Fallujah.

Nearly all those people remain outside the city, where the population was estimated at 250,000-300,000 before the attack.

US militia are maintaining a cordon around Fallujah as sporadic fighting continues.

US/Iraqi militants are preventing refugees from returning, saying they want to stagger the return so that basic facilities can be restored before people go home?

Most areas of the city remain without power, water, sewage and other basic services.

It is expected to take much longer than previously thought to start reconstruction as hundreds of buildings are completely destroyed?

"The return to Fallujah may take a matter of months rather than days, as was previously suggested by multi-national forces," the document said?

But try decades after the Coalition of the Killing destroyed the city.

The report, entitled Emergency Working Group - Fallujah Crisis, has been compiled by various aid agencies.

It says access to the camps for internally-displaced people is sporadic due to insecurity and military operations.

Some sites have received assistance, whereas others... are reportedly difficult to access even by the US/Iraqi Health Ministry.

It describes shortages of fresh food and cooking oil, and says there is serious concern about the cold.

Since October, when families first began fleeing Fallujah, temperatures in central Iraq have fallen from around 30 degrees Celsius to 2 degrees Celsius and sometimes colder overnight.

Many families fled with the clothes they were wearing and a few personal items, unprepared for the change in weather.

"The temperature has dropped, underscoring an urgent need for winterisation items and appropriate shelter," the report said.

The only aid agency that has managed to get into Fallujah to help the people who remained during the furious two-week offensive is the Iraqi Red Crescent Society.

It arrived with three truck loads of food and medical supplies, eight ambulances and several doctors, about 10 days ago and is working from offices in the city centre.

The attack on Fallujah was designed to kill resistance fighters who lived there and to take more control of Iraq including its massive oil reserves. All because the US Empire needs to maintain its status quo.

By End The Occupation 3 December 04


2nd Renaissance - 10 The War on Witches [150]
It is impossible to fool all the people all the time. And it is impossible to silence everyone. Since the Afghanistan and Iraq invasions there have been many expressions of disgust and disenchantment concerning the actions of the (CoW) Coalition of the Willing. Dissent has been aired in the few remaining pockets of a free press, on the Internet, from the stage, and on the streets.

Here are a few examples.

* "The US and British governments have dragged us into a mess that will last for years. So far, the liberators have succeeded only in freeing the souls of the Iraqis from their bodies. Saddam Hussein's troops have proved less inclined to surrender than they might have anticipated, and the civilians less prepared to revolt. But while no one can now ignore the immediate problems this illegal war has met, we are beginning, too, to understand what should have been obvious all along: that, however this conflict is resolved, the outcome will be a disaster."

....George Monbiot, writing in the Guardian, April, 2003.

* "It's like learning your father has just been arrested for raping and killing the neighbour's ten-year-old girl and then seeing the pictures on the front page of the morning paper. Followed by TV news footage of him beaming proudly and saying, "She was asking for it. It was her own fault. She made me do it."

That's how I feel."

....Edgar J. Steele, on the WWW, April, 2003.

* "Just to let you know.

We're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.

While we support our troops, there is nothing more frightening than the notion of going to war with Iraq and the prospect of all the innocent lives that will be lost."

... Natalie Maines, of the Dixie Chicks, addressing a London audience in March, 2003.

The (OWO) Old World Order wants to fight and suppress demonstrations and uprisings, because it has command of the police and the military. It wants to fight in the courts, where it controls the rule of law. It seeks to make examples of individuals, such as the Australian "terrorist" David Hicks, or of whole countries, such as Afghanistan and Iraq. It wants to cow all opposition to the continuance of the economic system of artificial scarcity; despite the present-day existence of technologies of abundance.

What the Old World Order does not want is widespread understanding of the truth about the opportunity to form a new, and far higher, level of civilization based on the accumulation and distribution of information and knowledge. After all, that was what caused the downfall of the Medieval World Order during the first Renaissance. It is the prospect of ordinary people everywhere gaining access to information and knowledge, changing the way they think, then "joining all the dots" to design a new and better world, that the OWO is, rightly, terrified of. Faced with that prospect, the OWO elites become as dangerous as cornered beasts.


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