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One third of Iraqis live below the poverty line in the highest ration since 1920

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The scenes showing Iraqis looking for food in the garbage dumps are no longer odd or rare .One of the richest middle east countries that floats on a lake of oil, a third of its population is living in poverty ,Simultaneously; the so-called Green zone in the middle of Baghdad has tuned to be isolated planet for what is going on in the lanes and alleys of the capital and other Iraq's provinces.       

The scourge of rampant financial and administrative corruption in Iraq has  become one of the most important reasons for aggravation of such a large percentage of poverty among people who suffer of unemployment and lack of jobs  since the blatant occupation and its subsequent governments  .While, a new class of rich people and businessmen affiliated with the occupation governments has surprisingly emerged.

Shedding light on this dangerous phenomenon, the news quoted one of officials saying that:"The state of poverty has spread in the country amid obvious inability to overcome it or halt the rise of poverty rate "referring that a third of Iraqi people do not get more than four dollars per day which means that they are living below the poverty line.

The official, who preferred anonymity, said that the largest part of this percentage is unable to secure three meals daily, adding that the poverty is prevailing at the present in Baghdad more than other provinces indicating that the last survey showed that more than one million of Iraqis are living in the slums of tin , mud houses and former military headquarters ,while; ten millions do not have their own accommodations or the ability to buy even a simple home.    

On the other hand, Salman Al-jumaili ,the current minister of planning ;admitted that the rate of poverty in Iraq has risen to about 30% ,while the rate of unemployment to 20% attributing the reasons of the high percentage of crimes such a theft ,armed robbery and children labor to poverty which successive governments have failed to put an end to this dangerous phenomenon that Iraq has not ever witnessed. 

Meanwhile, Mohamad Ali ,the chairman of Peace Human Rights Organization revealed that the scenes of looking for food in garbage dumps have sorrowfully  and shamefully increased. Additionally, these scenes have become painful and brought disgrace to all the officials and leaders of the current political process asserting that the phenomenon of searching for food in waste is  not  familiar to Iraqis even during the years of unjust economic blockade imposed by the previous US administration in 1991 ,while continuing for (13)years.  

The news attributed to the chairman of mentioned organization which said  that:" activists earlier published photos of Iraqi women looking for food in waste containers to feed their children ,and it has been recently seen stalls to feed people for free in poor neighborhoods in Baghdad which means that many people are no longer able to secure their livings while officials of parties and  blocs participating in the political process are stealing the wealth of people and public money.

Furthermore, (Wathiq Sadiq) ,the social specialist said that the circulation figures on the level of poverty in Iraq ,which is  the highest since the famine experienced by the country in 1920 after the British occupation are considered  serious indicators of the crisis witnessed in Iraq since 2003 on social ,economic and political levels stressing that the poverty is among the  factors obstructing the community development especially if the real reasons such as the corruption ,unemployment and lack of investment opportunities are not tackled. 

It should be noted that the poverty phenomenon has many social effects represented in the deviation of a lot of individuals from tradition  ,social norms and prevailing values ,or engaging in different ways of crime ,in addition to ;the problem of dropout because of large numbers of families cannot send their children to schools to help them in supplying their basic needs through working that has negative effects on society .   

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