TADHAMUN تـضـامـن

Tadhamun (solidarity) is an Iraqi women organization, standing by Iraqi women's struggle against sectarian politics in Iraq. Fighting for equal citizenship across ethnicities and religions, for human rights, and gender equality.

جمعية تضامن تدعم المساواة في المواطنة بغض النظر عن الأنتماء الأثني أو الديني وتسعى من أجل العدالة الأجتماعية و حماية حقوق الأنسان في العراق

Friday, June 15, 2007

Cholera among children in Iraq causing concern

By Tina Susman and Zeena Kareem
Originally published June 13, 2007
baghdad // Five cases of cholera have been reported among children in Iraq in the past three weeks, a worrying sign as temperatures rise and the war leaves sewage and sanitation systems a shambles.All of the cases were among children younger than 12 in the southern city of Najaf, and all were reported by medical officials on alert for signs of the potentially lethal ailment, Claire Hajaj of UNICEF said yesterday.Cholera, which is spread through bacteria in contaminated water, is easily treatable but can cause rapid dehydration and death if not treated. Cholera pandemics have killed tens of thousands of people worldwide, most recently in South America in the early 1990s.
Although the number of cases in Iraq is small and none has been fatal, the emergence of cholera this early in the year is ominous, Hajaj said. In the past, cholera has not usually been seen until July.As the summer heat intensifies, chronic electricity shortages make it difficult to operate pumps at sewage and drinking-water treatment plants, which leads to the use of dirty water.The number of diarrhea cases, which can be a sign of cholera, is twice the seasonal average this year, Hajaj said."Water is an enormous need, and people take it where they can get it, and they are getting it from places where it is not always clean," she said.In Baghdad, at least 135,000 residents depend on water from tanker trucks. Thousands of Iraqis bore holes in the ground outside their houses and businesses, and pump out groundwater.Although many Iraqis lacked uninterrupted supplies of safe water under Saddam Hussein, they were not in danger of being blown up by car bombs or caught in sectarian warfare if they left their homes to buy bottled water.Municipal water often is carried through cracked and dirty pipes that were neglected under Hussein and have been further damaged by four years of war.Efforts to repair the infrastructure are hampered by insurgent attacks on municipal workers, who are targeted because they work for the U.S.-backed government.
Tina Susman and Zeena Kareem write for the Los Angeles Times.

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Release Iraqi women hostages, victims of terrorism themselves

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Halt All Executions! Abolish The Death Penalty!

We women of Tadhamun condemn the persisting practice of arbitrary arrests by the Iraqi security forces. We condemn their arrests of women in lieu of their men folk. These are 'inherited' practices. We are alarmed by credible media reports of the Green Zone government’s intentions of executing hundreds of Iraqi men and women.

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Professor Zaineb Al Bahrani of Columbia University NY speaking at a our meeting on the destruction/damage to historical sites in Iraq

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Human Rights Watch: No woman is Safe


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Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD

Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD
Building of 1 500 massive police station !
From the angle of the photo, it is possible to calculate that the complex is being built at E 396388 N 3785995 (UTM Zone 38 North) or Lat. 34.209760° Long. 43.875325°, to the west of the Malwiya (Spiral Minaret), and behind the Spiral Cafe.
While the point itself may not have more than Abbasid houses under the ground, it is adjacent to the palace of Sur Isa, the remains of which can be seen in the photo. While the initial construction might or might not touch the palace, accompanying activities will certainly spread over it.Sur Isa can be identified with the palace of al-Burj, built by the
Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil, probably in 852-3 (Northedge, Historical Topography of Samarra, pp 125-127, 240). The palace is said to have cost 33 million dirhams, and was luxurious. Details are given by al-Shabushti, Kitab al-Diyarat.
Samarra was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at the end of June. The barracks could easily have been built elsewhere, off the archaeological site.--
Alastair Northedge Professeur d'Art et d'Archeologie Islamiques UFR d'Art et d'Archeologie
Universite de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) 3, rue Michelet, 75006 Paris
tel. 01 53 73 71 08 telecopie : 01 53 73 71 13 Email :
Alastair.Northedge@univ-paris1.fr ou anorthedge@wanadoo.fr