Collateral Damage – the health and environmental costs of war on Iraq

This report was released in November 2002, months before the US led invasion of Iraq. Regrettably, many of the conclusions and predictions made in the report became reality.

Executive Summary

This analysis of the previous, ongoing and likely future conflict with Iraq spells out the potentially enormous humanitarian costs of waging war. It would mean disaster for the Iraqi population, in both the short and long term, and would cause much harm further afield. This evidence-based report draws on best estimates, and concludes with a summary of the alternatives to war. Its value base is that of Medact – an organisation of doctors, nurses and other health professionals undertaking education, research and advocacy on the health impacts of violent conflict, environmental degradation and poverty.

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