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Carnage and Despair: Iraq five years on

31st March 2008, 14:48:40 UTC

Five years after the US-led invasion that toppled
Saddam Hussain, Iraq is one of the most dangerous
countries in the world. Hundreds of people are being
killed every month in the pervasive violence, while
countless lives are threatened every day by poverty,
cuts to power and water supplies, food and medical
shortages, and rising violence against women and girls.
Sectarian hatred has torn apart families and
neighbourhoods that once lived together in harmony.

Despite the heavy US and Iraqi military and police
presence, law and order remain a distant prospect.
The US-led Multinational Force (MNF) and the Iraqi
government formed from political parties that gained
from or emerged out of the 2003 invasion have failed
to institute the rule of law, uphold human rights, bring
peace and security, or end impunity.

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