The Iraq sanctions were a near total financial and trade embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council on the nation of Iraq. The embargo took effect on August 6, 1990, and stayed largely in force until May 2003. Estimates of excess civilian deaths during the sanctions vary widely, but range from 100,000 to over 1.5 million. Dr. Nathima Atchoo, a Detroit-area gynecologist born and educated in Iraq, emigrated to the U.S. in 1960. Dr. Atchoo made four missions to Iraq during the time of the embargo—each time bringing medicine, medical supplies, food and clothing to the hospitals she visited. The longtime humanitarian and mother of four recounts her experiences providing medical relief in Baghdad’s Children’s Hospital and subsequent efforts to speak out against the sanctions.

“Women, War & Peace” Project Overview:

Broadcast nationally on PBS during October/November 2011, “Women, War & Peace” is a five-part public television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. In partnership with the national broadcast, the LAB@Thirteen (WNET’s Educational and Community Outreach Department) and Fork Films awarded a limited number of small production grants to create videos and events that address the ideas explored in the series in a way that speaks to a localized audience. “A Doctor’s Mission” is 1 of 3 grant-winning documentary-style shorts written, directed and produced by Genevieve G. Savage for Detroit’s PBS affiliate, Detroit Public Television (WTVS).

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