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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 12:48 PM
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Halabja Women Victims Complain of Neglect (little treatment for chemical attack survivors)
Source: IWPR

Halabja Women Victims Complain of Neglect
Survivors of the chemical attack say theyve received little or no medical treatment.
By Aziz Mahmood in Sulaimaniyah (ICR No. 237)

Women who suffered chronic illnesses in the wake of a horrific chemical attack nearly 20 years ago say they have been largely neglected.

Of those who survived Saddam Husseins chemical attacks against the town of Halabja in 1988, many developed ovarian or cervical cancer - and have since died; or suffer from depression or psychiatric-related problems. In addition, some became infertile, while others gave birth to handicapped and stillborn babies

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Thousands complain of health problems, including skin ailments and blindness; aggressive cancers; severe respiratory problems; congenital malformations, such as heart defects; as well as physical and mental handicaps.

Women say they are particularly neglected because there are few female medical specialists inside or around Halabja to treat the unique reproductive problems and cancers which many have.

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At present, doctors can only speculate at this point about the links between womens health problems in Halabja and the chemical attacks, he said.

Day after day their health worsens, he said. Their vision is weakening and some of them may go blind.




Read more: http://www.iwpr.net/EN-icr-f-340694
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ohio2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 07:04 PM
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1. Chemical Ali - Iraq (video archive)
A look back at the crimes of Chemical Ali. Coupling rare archive with eyewitness accounts, this is the definitive documentary on Ali Hassan al-Majid. He boasted they would; "take two thirds of the Kurds and hit them with chemicals until they die". Archive footage shows villages being bombed. "The skin came off our faces. Our eyes were popping out", states one victim, describing the aftermath of a chemical attack. Villagers were forced to chose between; "40 nights of torture or starvation".

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=241_1195192307
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SOS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-18-07 12:07 PM
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2. Used for propaganda, then forgotten.
American "concern" in action.
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