Corruption 'Stealing Lives' in Iraq

15-year-old Hussein Sami should have had access to high-quality care for his cancer battle. He was treated at Basra Children’s Hospital in Iraq, which was once intended to be a world-class children’s cancer hospital—built with more than $100 million of US contributions after the invasion.

But the hospital has become crippled by endemic corruption. Money meant for everything from vital drugs to hospital equipment is skimmed off by political officials and business executives. As one official put it: “corruption isn’t an aberration, it’s the system.” The victims, health care workers say, are children like Hussein. 

The Quote: “I wanted to serve those children, but on the other hand, I was fighting corrupted people who wanted to steal their treatment, their money and their lives,” said one hospital official who asked not to be named.

The Washington Post

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