I thought I had finished up my series on WHAT WAR BRINGS to civilians, but I clearly missed at least one issue: birth defects. There has been stories about US troops coming home from combat and having a high rate of birth defects in their offspring, and I don’t know if that has been firmly established as an after-effect of war. There has also been stories about Vietnamese babies having a high rate of birth defects in areas that were treated with Agent Orange.
But today I read a report from the Independent (UK) about the extraordinary rise in birth defects and infant mortality in
In September this year, say campaigners, 170 children were born at
This tells us two things right off:
- The birth rate at this hospital has gone way down. This may be because lots of local folks moved away (I know I would have, if I could), or there is a better hospital close by or that there is a fertility problem. The article does not make this clear.
- The rate of physical deformities and infant mortality has skyrocketed.
What it does not tell us is WHY this is happening, but we all know about the major event that happened in Fallujah between 2002 and 2009, and that was two major military offenses, the second one pretty much destroying the city.
The data was collected by British and Iraqi doctors, and people working for the UN. They suspect either white phosphorus or depleted uranium.
"We are seeing a very significant increase in central nervous system anomalies... There is also a very marked increase in the number of cases of brain tumours."
This is a short article, and there is not a lot of information yet…. But it is coming out in bits and pieces that
Cancer sufferers in the
I wonder how many of the anti-abortion folks in the
If you support the continued occupation of
Report from Al Jazeera