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In the Heat of Poverty, Iraqi Families Sell Organs to Survive

By Princess Chukwuneke
According to the 2014 World Bank statistics, about 22.5% of Iraq’s population of 30 million live in severe poverty. Breadwinners do not earn enough to pay for rent, healthcare, or the needs of their children. Being proud, many Iraqi families refuse to beg for food. As a desperate solution, they turn instead to selling their kidneys.
Baghdad and Kurdistan are two prominent organ trafficking hubs, with illegal gangs offering up …

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