Cancer, Birth Defects, Heart and Neurological Diseases Have Exploded in Iraq.
Defects per 1,000 births at Basra University Hospital, Iraq.
The cancer rate in Iraq has skyrocketed from 40 per 100,000 people prior to the first Gulf War in 1991, to 800 per 100,000 in 1995, to at least 1,600 per 100,000 in 2005, according to Iraqi government statistics. A study published in the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, a professional journal based in the German city of Heidelberg, shows there was a sevenfold increase in the number of birth defects in Basra, in southern Iraq, between 1994 and 2003.
(*WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT IN VIDEO AND LINK* The so-called Highway of Death produced perhaps the most disturbing images of the 1991 Gulf War. The Pentagon estimates US and UK forces used 320 tons of DU munitions during the conflict. *WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT IN VIDEO AND LINK*)
Fallujah prior to its destruction.
“We have so many cases of babies with multiple system defects in one baby,” explained Dr.Samir Alani, a pediatric specialist at Fallujah General Hospital. “Multiple abnormalities in one baby. For example, we just had one baby with central nervous system problems, skeletal defects, and heart abnormalities. This is common in Fallujah today.” Dr. Alani’s log of cases of birth defects amounts to a rate of 14.7 per cent of all babies born in Fallujah, more than 14 times the rate in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which have both seen an increase attributed to residual nuclear contamination from US nuclear bombs dropped in World War II.
Dr. Alani also co-authored a study in 2010 that showed the rate of heart defects in Fallujah to be 13 times that found in Europe.
(*WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT* Fallujuh suffered intense bombardment and massive destruction in 2004. *WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT*)
Destruction in Fallujah.
A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Cancer, Infant Mortality and Birth Sex-Ratio in Fallujah, Iraq 2005–2009 concludes that the results “qualitatively support the existence of serious mutation-related health effects in Fallujah.” Among much else, it found higher infant mortality, leukemia and other cancers than in post-war Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
She claims the problems are even worse due to underreporting. “We have no system to register all of them, so we have so many cases we are missing,” she said. “I think I only know of 40-50 percent of the cases because so many families have their babies at home and we never know of these, and other clinics are not registering them either.”
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