Protecting Iraq's Civilians

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Published: 10 March 2003

The Iraqi people are already in a highly vulnerable situation. Not only have they suffered at the hands of their government, but they have also borne the brunt of the UN sanctions regime since 1991. With Iraq's basic infrastructure eroded by decades of war, national mismanagement and sanctions, another war in Iraq will have devastating humanitarian consequences for the civilian population. For that reason, Oxfam remains convinced that military action is unjustifiable. One vital way to protect Iraq's vulnerable civilians is to avert a war.