Needs in Iraq

    The needs in Iraq are great.   Under Saddam Hussein, a once promising nation was destroyed from within.   Through a combination of self-indulgence, costly foreign wars, a decade of sanctions, and post-war looting, the Iraqi people have suffered greatly.

    The looting following the war was devastating.   One CPA senior advisor described what he found in universities this way:   “whatever was not nailed to the floor was taken.   Chairs, desks, chalk, ceiling fans, window frames – if it was useful or saleable, it went.   What couldn’t be moved was burned or trashed.   Whole libraries were torched;  laboratories broken up;  walls knocked in.”   This description could fit most public facilities in Iraq, from community centers and sports clubs to research labs and hospitals.

    Much of the money flowing into Iraq is going to meet urgent reconstruction needs such as building projects, electricity and other basic services.   What this also means, however, is that many urgent needs, having mostly to do with education, culture, youth and sport, community programs, libraries and labs, and a range of technology needs, will simply not be met through government reconstruction budgets.

    The renewal of Iraqi society in all of its facets – scientific, artistic, educational and athletic – will do much to restore the pride and hope of the Iraqi people.

    To discuss potential donations and their fit into the needs of Iraq, please contact CPA Washington Private Donations Office.

Damaged classroom at Basrah University
Donated desks and chairs await delivery to Basrah University Classrooms
Donated school supplies are delivered to school children in the Kurdish town of Laylan
Renovated clinic in Al Maqal area of Basrah (Photo: Thomas Hartwell)
Al Muthenna Intermediate School in Samawah in southern Iraq was damaged during the war when Iraqi troops took shelter in the school (Photo: Thomas Hartwell)