Relief agencies: Nearly 1/3 of all Iraqis need aid

About 8 million Iraqis - nearly a third of the population - need immediate emergency aid because of the humanitarian crisis caused by the Iraq war, relief agencies said Monday. Those Iraqis are in urgent need of water, sanitation, food and shelter, said the report by Oxfam and the NGO Coordination Committee network in Iraq. The report said 15 percent of Iraqis cannot regularly afford to eat; 70 percent are without adequate water supplies (up from 50 percent in 2003); 28 percent of children are malnourished (compared with 19 percent before the 2003 invasion); and 92 percent of Iraqi children suffer learning problems.