Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq (2000)


Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq is a 2000 Carlton Television documentary written and presented by John Pilger which was directed by Alan Lowery.

In this documentary Pilger argues that United Nations (UN) sanctions had a devastating effect on the children of Iraq during the 1990s.


John Pilger and Alan Lowery travelled to Iraq with Denis Halliday, a former assistant secretary-general of the United Nations who resigned over what he called the “immoral policy” of economic sanctions. There they expected to find a suffering nation held hostage to the compliance of a dictator, Saddam Hussein. What they found was a country being slowly strangled by a draconian US/UK blockade.


  • Dennis Halliday … Former Asst. Secretary General, United Nations.
  • Robert Gates … CIA Director 1991-1993.
  • Hans von Sponeck … Chief UN co-ordinator, Iraq.
  • Ambassador Peter van Walsum … Chairman, UN Sanctions Committee.
  • Professor Karol Sikora … Former Chief of Cancer Programme, World Health Organisation.
  • James Rubin … US State Department spokesman.
  • Scott Ritter … UN Weapons Inspector 1991-1998.
  • Said Aburish … Author, Saddam Hussein: The Politics of Revenge.
  • Mohammed Amin Ezzet … Conductor, Iraqi National Orchestra.
  • Anupama Rao Singh … UNICEF Representative, Iraq.
  • Professor Doug Rokke … Former US Army health physicist.
  • Dr. Jinan Ghalib Hassen … Paediatrician.
  • Dr. Jawad Al-Ali … Cancer specialist.
  • Laith Kubba … Iraqi opposition exile.
  • Felicity Arbuthnot … Journalist.
  • Hussain Jarsis … Shepherd.


Awards and Festival Screenings

  • Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival.
  • Vancouver International Film Festival.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Alana Lowery.
    • John Pilger.
  • Producer(s):
    • Alan Lowerty … producer.
    • John Pilger … producer.
  • Writer(s):
    • John Pilger.
  • Music:
    • Nick Russell-Pavier.
  • Cinematography:
    • Preston Clothier.
  • Editor(s):
    • Joe Frost.
  • Production:
    • Carlton Television.
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 2000.
  • Rating: E.
  • Running Time: 75 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

Video Clip(s)

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