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Healthcare in Camp Liberty, Baghdad, Iraq

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World Medical Journal

A large number of Iranian  refugees, members of PMOI, an opposition to the Iranian regime, are forced to live in Camp Liberty, a desolate abandoned  US  military base  with  dilapidated infrastructure in the vicinity cf Baghdad Airport.  This camp falls short under the internationally accepted humanitarian and human rights standard.  Prior to their eviction to Camp Liberty, these refugees were  all living in "Camp Ashraf", a modern highly self-contained camp, owned and managed  by them in Diyala Province.

In 2004 and following the occupation of Iraq, residents of Ashraf were recognized as "protected person" under the Fourth Geneva Convention by the US. government.  Since then US. Army had the responsibility to safeguard and protect the camp. In 2009 US,  handed over the  protection  and control cf  Camp Ashraf to the Iraqi government under then Prime Minister al-Maliki against the will and wishes of the residents, Ever since Iraqi forces under the command of PM al-Maliki committed six bloody incursions against  the unarmed civilian residents  cf the camp at the behest of the Iranian regime as a result cf which 116 have been killed and over 1,370 others were injured and maimed. An all-out siege and blockade of medical and logistical needs of the camp has cost the lives of 24 patients who died till March 2015. The aim was an Iranian dictated agenda to force the camp residents, who had left their homeland in opposition to the current  theocracy to surrender to the wills of the perpetrators.

Current healthcare condition in this camp is better fully understood in a greater context cf the political turmoil  in the country and how it has affected the rule of law and logically our core values and commitments to healthcare and medical ethics.

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A large number of Iranian refugees, members ofPMOI, an opposition to the Iranian regime, are fwced to live in Camp Liberty, a desolate

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