It is a story of post war neglect all too common here.

Children suffer on Baghdad streets

By Matthew Chance

CNN

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Since the collapse of the Iraqi regime, homeless children — often drug-addicted and hungry — have become a common sight on the streets of Baghdad.

There are no exact statistics, but aid workers say the looting of orphanages in the days after the fall of the capital has worsened the problem.

Walking through the city I saw a few of Baghdad’s unwanted children splashing in a polluted city fountain.

It looked like fun, but the water was stagnant and contaminated with raw sewage. They risked disease for a few laughs.

Since the war there are too few schools to keep them off the streets and aid workers say homelessness among Baghdad’s young has exploded.

Carol Derooy, of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), said: “Definitely, we know of institutions that have been looted. Institutions where children have been residing, many of these children have left. CNN

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