Royal Holloway, University of London - Height of conflict

April 8, 2010

Iraqi children born in areas affected by high levels of violence are shorter than those born in less violent areas, academics have found. Research using data from three independent surveys conducted before and after the Anglo-American invasion in 2003 examines the intensity of the conflict in different areas and the age of children exposed to it to estimate the effect on their health. The study, by academics at Royal Holloway, University of London, found that war in Iraq has affected the growth of young children. In the most violent areas, on average they are 8mm shorter than their peers elsewhere in the country.

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