STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) – Malnutrition among Iraq’s youngest children has
nearly doubled since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq despite U.N. efforts to
deliver food to the war-ravaged country, a Norwegian research group said

Since the March 2003 invasion, malnutrition among children between the ages
of 6 months and 5 years has grown from 4 percent to 7.7 percent, said Jon
Pedersen, deputy managing director of the Oslo, Norway-based Fafo Institute
for Applied Social Science, which conducted the survey.

The U.N. Development Program and Iraq’s Central office for Statistics and
Information Technology also took part in the survey.

”It’s in the level of some African countries,” Pedersen told The
Associated Press. ”Of course, no child should be malnourished, but when
we’re getting to levels of 7 to 8 percent, it’s a clear sign of concern.”

Figures from different countries are hard to compare, said Caroline
Hurford, a U.N. World Food Program spokeswoman in Rome, noting that surveys
may be out of date or apply different sampling methods…


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