The World Food Programme is reporting that a "dismal shortage of cash" is jeopardizing the health of over 3 million Iraqis, over half of them children. The organization cites "a growing negative impact on the most vulnerable". Last year, a survey indicated that over 27 percent of Iraqi infants were chronically malnourished. This was before other reports came out, indicating that food rations had been halted and food prices had escalated sharply. Some Iraqis have even resorted to selling their blood for money to make ends meet.
Approximately 400,000 Iraqi children now suffer from "wasting," a condition characterized by chronic diarrhea and dangerous deficiencies of protein. Iraq now has the third highest infant mortality rate in the world, just ahead of Afghanistan.