Human Rights – According to new reports from Al Jazeera, the city of Fallujah is suffering from a rate of birth defects that’s nearly 14 times higher than the rate in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the use of the atomic bombs in WWII. Doctors say that the onslaught of birth defects is likely linked to the U.S. military’s use of white phosphorous and other weapons during the Iraq war.
Fallujah was the site of two infamous U.S. military battles in 2004, and most of the resulting debris was unwisely bulldozed into the river that is the primary source of drinking water for the town.
Doctors in Fallujah noticed the shift as early as 2009, when the Guardian reported on children born with birth defects, including a baby born with TWO HEADS, and others with multiple tumors, abnormalities, and fatalities. And in March 2010, the BBC reported that doctors were advising women against having children.
According to pediatrician Dr. Samira Alani, she has “personally logged 677 cases of birth defects since October 2009.” A number that has since risen. Alani has photographs of “babies born with cleft palates, elongated heads, a baby born with on eye in the centre [sic] of its face, overgrown limbs, short limbs, and malformed ears, noses, and spines.”
Although no “comprehensive study has been undertaken by the Iraqi government or the American military,” an analysis of hair samples from the children born with birth defects revealed “trace amounts of mercury, uranium, [and] bismuth.”
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