Between 2003 and 2011, nearly half a million people died during the Iraq War. That does NOT include U.S. soldiers. That’s according to a new study from four universities, including the University of Washington. Researchers looked at Iraqi deaths that resulted directly from violence. AND - non-violent deaths that were war-related. Researchers say they’re findings show that for every three people killed by violence in the Iraq War, two more died because of a collapsed infrastructure. Amy Hagopian with the University of Washington was the study’s lead author. She says about half of the deaths were cardiovascular. Stress is one reason, but moreso, she says, it’s just the failure of systems to respond to people when they have a heart attack.
Hagopian: “People couldn’t use phones to call for help. They couldn’t use transportation systems to get to help. When they got to hospitals, they were flooded with victims of violence, not very serviceable. For lots reasons, war is very hard on public’s health.”
The study looked at mortality and compared what society would go through during times of peace versus war. Researchers gathered information by knocking on doors in 2011. Hagopian believes the nearly 500-thousand death estimate is low.
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