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Malnutrition Among Iraqi Children Doubles

Malnutrition among Iraqi children under the age of five stands at almost 8% — nearly twice what it was before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq two years ago. This, according to a report prepared for the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

Jean Ziegler, the U.N. hunger specialist who prepared the report told a meeting of the Commission in Geneva that the dramatic rise in child poverty is a direct result of the worsening situation in Iraq on the war led by coalition forces.

In a comment apparently aimed at the United States, Ziegler said nations must not do anything to impede the access of food by people living outside of their own borders.

The report also expressed concern over the inability of people in North Korea and the Darfur region of Sudan to get food.