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Baghdad / Obelisk: According to a report by the American newspaper New York Times, Thursday 08/09/2022, the state in Iraq cannot provide the simplest basic services to its citizens due to the catastrophic scale of corruption rampant in all the joints of the ministries.
In its report, the newspaper quoted the Iraqi historian Saad Iskandar as saying: Internally and externally, at the political and security levels, the governments are failing and have not been able to extend their authority over their lands or their people.
The report added that the credit for not collapsing Iraq is largely due to the enormous oil wealth of the country. But most citizens never see the benefit of this wealth, suffering from daily power cuts, dilapidated schools, and a lack of health care and even clean water.
He added that the Iraqi Ministry of Health, which is usually run by officials from one of the major political blocs, is considered one of the most corrupt ministries.
With oil prices soaring due to the war in Ukraine, state revenue has recently risen from oil exports but there are no real efforts to improve public services or life for a quarter of the population the government estimates live in poverty.
The report indicated that the education sector suffers from a flagrant dysfunction. For nearly seven years, thousands of temporary teachers have worked without pay, waiting for an opportunity to be appointed by the Ministry of Education without result.
He added that more than half of Iraqi students drop out before high school in Baghdad and other cities. Children who have left school push wooden carts in outdoor markets or sell water bottles to drivers in traffic.
Translation by Sajjad Al-Khafaji
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