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16 May 2003 description
report IRIN

BASRA, 16 May (IRIN) - "They sent us away, the people there. They said to us we had to go to our homes in Iran. We would have been killed," said Saleheh Batah, an Iranian woman who has been living in Iraq with her family for years.

16 May 2003 description
report UN Children's Fund

GENEVA / NEW YORK, 16 May 2003 -- UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy will visit Iraq this weekend to draw attention to the difficult situation of children. Her three-day stay will encompass activities in Baghdad and the north of the country.

16 May 2003 description
report World Vision

World Vision, in partnership with the Middle East Council of Churches, has fed almost 300 Iraqi families in Syria since March.

16 May 2003 description

Please note: Updates now issue on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The port of Umm Qasr was handed over to local administration by UK forces yesterday - the first town to be returned to Iraqi control.

UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kenzo Oshima, travels to Baghdad today and to Basra on 17 May. UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, will travel to Iraq on 17-18 May. UNICEF has called for urgent action on nutritional status of Iraqi children.

16 May 2003 description
report Kuwait News Agency

UNITED NATIONS, May 16 (KUNA) -- The United States and Britain on Thursday amended their draft resolution aimed to beef up the role to the United Nations in building a new government in Iraq.

The amended version, the original of which the United States submitted to the United Nations last week, said the UN would work "intensively" with the U. S.-led coalition forces to meet the demands of the Iraqi people.

The draft maintains the power of the U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq, defined as the "occupying powers" and referred to in the resolution as the authority.

16 May 2003 description
report War Child UK

Extract from War Child Newsletter - May 2003

16 May 2003 description

"We just want to know the truth and bring to justice those who caused us such suffering."

16 May 2003 description

Professor Paul Rogers

The stated reason for the war against Iraq was the refusal of the Saddam Hussein regime to comply with UN resolutions relating to the disarmament of its chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programmes and its production of ballistic missiles.

16 May 2003 description


This report includes:
A) Middle East and Central Asia: (1) Iraq, (2) Iran, (3) Afghanistan, (4) Palestinian Territories

B) East and Central Africa: (1) DR Congo, (2) Burundi, (3) Rwanda, (4) Uganda, (5) Kenya, (6) Sudan, (7) Eritrea, (8) Ethiopia, (9) Somalia

C) West Africa: (1) Côte d'Ivoire, (2) Guinea-Bissau

D) Southern Africa: (1) Namibia, (2) Angola, (3) Zambia, (4) Malawi, (5) Zimbabwe, (6) Mozambique, (7) Swaziland, (8) Lesotho, (9) Madagascar

E) Asia: (1) DPR Korea, (2) Indonesia

16 May 2003 description


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Current Situation (Updated Daily)

Sector Updates

Abuse Prevention

15 May 2003 description

United States General Accounting Office
Washington, DC 20548

The Honorable Richard G. Lugar
Chairman
The Honorable Joseph R. Biden
Ranking Minority Member
Committee on Foreign Relations
United States Senate

The Honorable Henry J. Hyde
Chairman
The Honorable Tom Lantos
Ranking Minority Member
Committee on International Relations

15 May 2003 description

By Andrew Marshall

UMM QASR, Iraq (Reuters) - British troops formally handed over control on Thursday of the first Iraqi town to a civilian authority since a U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein's government.

Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Jones, commander of 23 Pioneer Regiment and former military governor of Umm Qasr was at the formal ceremony to hand over rule to a council of 12 Iraqis, who will govern the town next to Iraq's only deep water port.

15 May 2003 description

Mr. Kenzo Oshima, the Emergency Relief Coordinator for the UN system, will be in Iraq from 16 - 18 May, 2003, visiting Baghdad, Basra and the Lower South region of the country.

15 May 2003 description

The Monitor finds high levels of radiation left by US armor-piercing shells.

By Scott Peterson | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

BAGHDAD -- At a roadside produce stand on the outskirts of Baghdad, business is brisk for Latifa Khalaf Hamid. Iraqi drivers pull up and snap up fresh bunches of parsley, mint leaves, dill, and onion stalks.

But Ms. Hamid's stand is just four paces away from a burnt-out Iraqi tank, destroyed by - and contaminated with - controversial American depleted-uranium (DU) bullets.

15 May 2003 description

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Improvements in security and the establishment of a salary payment system to public servants are key issues of concern.