John Reynolds’s visit to Basra with Irish film-maker Dearbhla Glynn was supported by Save The Children (savethechildren.org)
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Children Pay Ultimate Price of Iraq's Poisonous Wartime Legacy
THE AIRY, bright and modern corridors of the new, $166 million (€116 million) 101-bed Laura Bush hospital for children with cancer are a short car journey from the colourfully painted, but ageing Ibn Ghazwan maternity and children’s hospital in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. They provide a rare contrast to the greyish-brown city streetscape, whose dusty, fume-filled air will reach 60 degrees this summer and is some of the most polluted in the world.