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Revoke the Global Legacy Award given to Tony Blair

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A lot has been reported over the years in regard to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. From 2003 to 7 Nov 2013, an organisation called Iraq body count (IBC) has documented civilian deaths from violence and places the figure around 132,509 – 149,174. Iraq Body Count maintains the world’s largest public database of violent civilian deaths since 2003. But this does not even come close to understanding the untold suffering caused by this illegal invasion, which was pursued under a false pretext of WMD’s. Like what one UK citizen Joe Cook said, ‘’the charity’s decision to honour him in this regard [is] horrendous, diabolical and absurd.” How many children died as a direct result of decisions made by Tony Blair, how many children will grow up knowing only violence, how many Children have been traumatised, how many children have been orphaned, maimed and displaced from their country? And yet, Save the Children has decided to honour a key player in this story of untold misery and senseless destruction. This sends the wrong message and endorses these type of wanton actions by our leaders.

Maybe it would have been useful if Save the Children had read the following statistics before handing out this award, 'the charity War Child released a report entitled ‘Mission Unaccomplished’. This report documented how':

 

’51% of 12-17 year olds do not attend secondary school'

 

‘One in four children has stunted physical and intellectual development due to under-nutrition’.

 

‘In 2011 a survey found up to 1 million children have lost one or both parents in the conflict’.

 

‘In 2010, 7 years after the conflict began, it was estimated that over a quarter of Iraqi children, or 3 million, suffered varying degrees of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder’.

 

‘Between December 2012 and April 2013, ‘An estimated 692 children and young people have been killed’ in conflict related violence, and more ‘than 1,976 children and young people have been injured’. These figures are almost certainly underestimates’.

 

http://cdn.warchild.org.uk/sites/default/files/Mission_Unaccomplished_%20Iraq_1_May_2013.pdf



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