Monday, February 19, 2007

Perspective: One in three Iraqis 'in poverty'

One-third of Iraqis are now living in poverty, according to a new UN study, with 5% in extreme poverty, a sharp deterioration since the 2003 invasion.

Oil riches are not benefiting many of Iraq's people, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) study says.

The report's authors are also highly critical of US-led attempts to try to introduce a market economy quickly.

They single out education, saying things have not improved since the neglect of the Saddam years.

Read the rest at the BBC