BAGHDAD, 5 March (IRIN) - Apart from dodging bombs and bullets in their schools 
and neighbourhoods, children in Iraq are suffering from worryingly high levels 
of malnourishment, according to specialists.

Poverty and insecurity are said to be the main causes of the children's 
deteriorating diets. Despite efforts by NGOs and the Iraqi government, violence 
and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people are making it very 
difficult for monthly food rations to reach those families that need them most.

"We are displaced and have to change our place [because of spreading sectarian 
violence] every month, making it difficult for us to get our food rations. As a 
result, our children are constantly ill and are malnourished because we don't 
have enough money to afford good food," said Samira Abdel-Kareem, a 
mother-of-three who was forced to flee her Yarmouk neighbourhood of Baghdad to 
the outskirts of the city.

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