‘Oil for Blood’

Raw War Exhibition

The Oil-for-Food Programme, established by the United Nations in 1995 (under UN Security Council Resolution 986)[1] and terminated in late 2003, was intended to allow Iraq to sell oil on the world market in exchange for food, medicine, and other humanitarian needs for ordinary Iraqi citizens without allowing Iraq to rebuild its military.

Under UN resolution 986 (1995) all Iraqi residents were entitled to receive the monthly ‘Oil-for-Food’ basket it was estimated that 60 per cent of the population were totally dependent on it. It did not include fruit, vegetables, or meat. The ration included 200 grams of tea, 250 grams of chick peas, 125 grams of beans, 125 grams of lentils, 1 kilogram of cooking oil, 2 kilograms of sugar, 3 kilograms of rice, 8 kilograms of flour, 125 grams of powdered milk (for adults), 100 grams of iodized salt, For families with infants and young children it also includes infant formula and weaning cereal

As the programme ended, there were revelations of corruption involving the funds.