Doctors in the land of the two rivers have no where to run, hide or turn. Thousands fled in 2003 after an orchestrated campaign of assassinations swallowed many invaluable physicians, never to be seen again. The problem has returned. Tribal mobs and their militia henchmen are hunting doctors down and forcing them to pay blood money – fasl – a financial sum paid to the patient's next of kin in the event of their death. Death has become a commodity for these gangs, exploiting the absence of the state, existing weakness of Iraq's health care, and the vulnerable position doctors find themselves in, for personal gain. This FRB IU special feature takes a closer look at the latest wave of attacks against Iraqi physicians and the dilapidating state of health over the past decade.
Iraq must be returned to Iraqis !!