"May God curse America and Britain. They say they care for ordinary Iraqis like us but their blocking of contracts has ruined my life and that of scores of families working in my farm," Abboud Alwan said.
Wednesday, March 15, 2000
Iraqi Poultry Farms Devastated
By LEON BARKHO, Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq--The United Nations has freed contracts for the purchase of vaccines to fight diseases that have decimated poultry farms in Iraq, senior Iraqi and U.N. officials said Wednesday.
The three contracts, approved two days ago, had been submitted by Iraq to the United Nations in July 1999, said Amir Khalil, director of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in Iraq.
While waiting for the approval of the contracts, Iraqi poultry farmers have lost up to 60 percent of their birds due to disease, Khalil said.
Fadhil Jassim, an Iraqi agricultural official, said "vital contracts" for protein concentrates and lab equipment are still on hold.
United Nations approval is required under trade sanctions imposed on Iraq after its 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The United States, and to a lesser extent Britain, have imposed delays on the bulk of such contracts, citing fears Iraq will divert goods for military purposes in the absence of U.N. weapons inspectors.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan criticized those practices in a recent report, saying holding up contracts undermined efforts to improve conditions for Iraqis living under sanctions.
Jassim said he was receiving a flood of complaints from farmers on the "brink of bankruptcy."
Abboud Alwan was among droves of farmers waiting to see Jassim at his office Wednesday.
"May God curse America and Britain. They say they care for ordinary Iraqis like us but their blocking of contracts has ruined my life and that of scores of families working in my farm," Alwan said.
Iraq had a factory that made the poultry vaccine, but it was disabled by U.N. weapons inspectors after Iraq admitted that it had been used to assist its biological weapons program. [Note: this portion of sentence is media Zionist lies! - Uthrania!]
The government in coordination with the FAO has gotten thousands of Iraq's poultry farms up and running again in the past two years through subsidies and other incentives.
WHILE THE UNITED NATIONS AND IN PARTICULAR THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN DESTROY MY IRAQI PEOPLES CROPS AND ANIMALS FOR FEED AND MILK AND NUTRITION
MY IRAQI GOVERNMENT TRIED TO BUILD UP THE FARMS AND KEEP THE FARMERS AFLOAT!
BRITAIN AND AMERICA ARE ALREADY CURSED BY THE HAND AND FLESH OF GOD, Abboud Alwan, FOR WHEN THEY CURSED ANOTHER THEY CURSED THEMSELVES!
UTH-RANIA SELA HUSSEIN, ARAB PROPHETESS AND SCRIBE AND COMMANDER FROM ABOVE!