25 Mar 2009

American Samoan soldiers death rate in Iraqi war the highest

12:03 pm on 25 March 2009

American Samoa's Congressman says a recently published report on the death rates for each state since the start of the Iraqi war, shows the Territory has the highest.

The report published in USA Today is a statistical profile of America's war dead in Iraq and shows rate of deaths per 1-million populations.

The paper shows American Samoa leading the US with a death rate of 138.8 per 1-million population, more than twice that for U.S. Virgin Islands which has the second highest death rate of 54.6.

American Samoa's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, says the figures are a grim reminder of the human cost of this war.

More than 4,250 U.S. service members have died in the war.

To date 17 Samoans have died in the Iraq and Afganistan wars.