The long road to recovery

Siddiqi, Moin A
January 2004
Middle East;Jan2004, Issue 341, p34
The scale of the reconstruction challenges facing Iraq's war-weary 25 million people is formidable and will demand the goodwill of the world community, restoration of political-civil normality and reconciliation among various opposing groups aspiring to ultimate power. After the first Gulf War in 1991, the United Nations estimated repairing of the physical infrastructures at $22 billion — about $30 billion in today's money. Of course, basic conditions are now extremely dire and private sources put rehabilitation costs at $75 billion-$100 billion, or even higher. INSETS: MAJOR DONORS;Estimates of rebuilding costs.


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