Humanitarian Impact of War, April 2003

In the aftermath of war in Iraq, the civilian population continued to suffer the horrific consequences of the conflict. The enormous amount of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in the south of the country led to many more casualties, particularly amongst children. The coalition forces did not fulfill their obligation, under the terms of the Fourth Geneva Convention, to clear areas of ground within towns littered with remnants of the bombing campaign.

Many hospitals were hit during the bombing campaign, or damaged in the looting. Every city suffered from a severe shortage of clean water and cholera became prevalent. Little was been done by the military forces to reconnect the water supply.

  • Mohammed had three fingers of his hand blown off when the market place in Nazariyah was bombed. Kate Holt.
  • A father cries beside the bed of his son, caught in a cluster bomb explosion, Nazariyah. Kate Holt.
  • A family grieve around the bedside of a 25 year old girl caught when an undetonated bomb exploded. Kate Holt.
  • Two young boys lie side by side after being admitted to Nazariyah hospital. Kate Holt.
  • Children play in the ruins of the Baath Party headquarters in Nazariyah. Kate Holt.
  • A mother grieves over the death of her young boy, aged 6. Kate Holt.
  • An Iraqi woman begs a US Marine to give her medical help for her husband. Kate Holt.
  • A mother grieves beside the grave of her one young son, killed the previous week when a UXO exploded near their home. Kate Holt.
  • The shattered remains of Saddam Hussein's picture litters the floor of a hospital in Baghdad. Kate Holt.
  • A man sits beside the road in Nazariyah. Both his hands were caught in an explosion when his house was bombed. Kate Holt.
  • A widow and her daughter stand in the new kitchen they have created for themselves in the basement of a school. Kate Holt.
  • A father drips water into the mouth of his son Ali, while his brother fans him. Kate Holt.
  • A mother holds the hand of her son so he can feel his worry beads. Kate Holt.
  • A woman stands in what remains of a chicken farm in Nazariyah, after it was bombed by coalition forces. Kate Holt.
  • A mother watches over her child who has a severe case of dysentery due to lack of a clean water. Kate Holt.
  • A young girl, displaced with her family after their home was destroyed in an attack. Kate Holt.
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  • An old man who suffers from TB lies in the deserted infectious disease hospital in Baghdad. Kate Holt.