Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq

Paying the Price:
Killing the Children of Iraq

Screenshot of title card
Directed by Alan Lowery
Produced by John Pilger
Alan Lowery
Written by John Pilger
Starring John Pilger
Dennis Halliday
Robert Gates
Hans von Sponeck
Peter van Walsum
Karol Sikora
James Rubin
Scott Ritter
Said Aburish
Doug Rokke
Music by Nick Russell-Pavier
Cinematography Preston Clothier
Edited by Joe Frost
Running time
74 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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 UN sanctions had a devastating effect on the children of Iraq during the 1990s.[1][2]


John Pilger and Alan Lowery traveled 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 U.S./U.K. blockade.


Awards and festival screenings


  1. "Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq". Bullfrog Films. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  2. "John Pilger Filmography 1970-2008". Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
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