Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:15 PM
Bennyboy (10,440 posts)
Depleted Uranium.. anything new?
Wondering if there have been cancer spikes in Iraq or even in US Soldiers.... How much is there etc...
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Response to Bennyboy (Original post)
Tue Nov 27, 2012, 05:38 PM
appleannie1 (3,555 posts)
1. Q&A: Severe Birth Defects Soar in Post-War Iraq
STOKING FIRE: In Iraq, High Rates of Cancer and Birth Defects Linked to Use of Chemical Weapons in War
It’s said that wars never end for those whose lives they touch, and it’s true. Take Iraq—a place that surely proves the maxim that war is not healthy for children or other living things.
To wit: Despite the fact that the U.S. war with Iraq came to a close on December 18, 2011, families in numerous Iraqi cities are now living with a dramatic rise in birth defects and cancer from chemical weapons that were detonated near homes, schools, and playgrounds during the nearly seven-year conflict.
The cities of Babil, Basra, Falluja, Haweeja, and Najaf are cases in point. Let’s start with Haweeja, which is 30 miles south of Kirkuk and was home to Forward Operating Base (FOB) McHenry throughout the war. Yifat Susskind is executive director of MADRE, a New York-based international women’s human rights organization. Susskind says that Haweeja’s skyrocketing health problems came to the group’s attention when members of Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI)—MADRE's partner organization in that country—began going house to house to talk about the need to establish a shelter for rape survivors.
“When they arrived, they noticed that almost every family they visited had a child under the age of 10 with stunted or paralyzed limbs, or who had been born without fingers or toes," Susskind says. "And they found teens who had been toddlers at the time of the U.S. invasion and were now sick with cancer. The OWFI activists were shocked and wanted to know what was going on, why this was happening.”
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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:52 PM
Bennyboy (10,440 posts)
2. Thank you.....
That's what I am looking for. Here we are ten years in and this crap has to be starting to create some real problems (But hey Iraq has socialized healthcare right?). So terrible.