In that post we discussed the hunger of many Iraqi people, as well as the millions of Iraqi people who have had to flee their homes, the millions of Iraqi people who have had to flee their nation, and the countless who have had to flee for their lives; to Syria and to other nations foreign to those expatriated Iraqis.
Within those Iraqis who could not flee, who have therefore lived through the holocaust of war in Iraq, there is a massive group of women, the size of a city, who have been deprived of not only the everyday life they once had, but have also been deprived of needed loved ones.
Today we focus on a New York Times piece concerning about 900,000 - 1,000,000 widows in Iraq today:
The Iraqi Ministry of Planning estimates that about ... 900,000, are widows. A separate government agency, the Ministry of Women, issued a statement in June putting the figure at one million ... Confronted with so many widows,(NY Times). This is one of many reasons why it is a Mideastern curse to say "may the Americans bring you democracy".
the Iraqi government is providing only minimal assistance, equivalent to about $80 a month to those widowed in the recent conflict.
“We expected we would get a lot of help from all sides, the Americans, the Iraqi government,” Ms. Khalaf, who lost her husband in 2007, said in an interview in her trailer. “But the fact is, nobody really cares about us.”
The rusting trailer camp, across from a car lot, represents a social challenge that is not easily remedied — not least because the gender imbalance makes it exceedingly unlikely most widows will remarry.
The oil war with Iraq will bring much more wealth to the 1% of MOMCOM, but will bring only more misery to the 99% they lord it over.
According to psychologists, as Americans become adults they tend to transfer parental sentiments away from their parents toward
MOMCOM sends them to places to make heroes out of them, so every 80 minutes one of MOMCOM's parented veterans commits suicide.