Charity blasts military ruling
By Joe Baker, Senior Editor
More Iraqi children may die because of a decision by the occupying U.S. military. The Guardian reported that the organization Save The Children is angered and accused the military of letting children die.
The reason for that accusation was that the military commanders had refused the charity permission to land a plane load of medical supplies in northern Iraq.
The supplies are destined for the hospital in Mosul. They include enough medical supplies to treat 40,000 people and emergency feeding kits for undernourished children. There also are tons of water filtration equipment for southern Iraq.
Save the Children said it has been trying for more than a week to fly in the supplies. The military told the charity it cannot fly supplies to Arbil and Mosul until the area is safe.
The Guardian quoted Rob MacGillvray, emergency program manager for the charity, to the effect that the UN already has declared the area safe.
The doctors we are trying to help in Mosul have been struggling against the odds for weeks, but now the help we have promised them is being endlessly delayed, MacGillvray said.