Iraq Depleted Uranium Contamination Linked To Illness, Deformities & Death

Written by on January 3, 2011 in Toxicity with 2 Comments

Iraq Depleted Uranium Contamination Linked To Illness, Deformaties, & Death

Photo: Radioactive depleted uranium ammunition

Depleted uranium (DU) is a radioactive substance that has been used by the U.S. military most prominently in defensive armor plating and armor-piercing ammunition due to its extremely high-density characteristics. The use of DU has been controversial due to the proven toxic effects it has on people and the environment. DU weapons have been used heavily in Iraq, ever since coalition troops invaded the country in 2003, and according to some experts, citizens and soldiers of the war-torn country are now forced to suffer dangerous health hazards in the aftermath of the now DU contaminated area.

The city of Fallujah, which was bombarded with DU early on in the invasion of Iraq, has seen an incredibly high rate of birth defects and cancer diagnoses since 2004, and birth statistics from Fallujah show that in the month of May 2010, 15 percent of the 547 babies born had defects, 14 percent were spontaneous abortions, and 11 percent were born prematurely before 30 weeks.

Last week, a report published online in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health linked the abnormal amount of birth deformities to depleted uranium exposure.

“The high prevalence of birth defects in Fallujah is impairing the population’s health and its capacity to care for the surviving children,” the study said. “These defects could be due to environmental contaminants which are known components of modern weaponry.”

The report also states that total deformities are around 11 times the world average, and that the number is rising. The report is the first study done on births during 2010, and it shows “unprecedented levels” of birth deformities, which suggests that the longer adults are exposed to the contamination, the more their children will be affected by the DU.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is also preparing a report which will look at the siege of Fallujah and the issue of DU contamination, which is present in surrounding air, land, and water.

A November 2009 report by The Guardian explains some of the effects seen in newborn children:

Another news report from July 2010 discusses the same issue:

More recently, in September 2010, expert Dr. Doug Rokke explained many details concerning DU and the extremely harmful effects it causes when a person is exposed to it.

Despite the growing amount of research on the subject, the use of harmful depleted uranium on the battlefield and at home hasn’t diminished. It seems the full impact of depleted uranium use and contamination still remains to be seen.

Sources: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/8234159/War-contamination-could-be-causing-deformities-in-Iraq.html, http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2003/apr/25/internationaleducationnews.armstrade

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  1. greg@consciouslifenews.com' Greg Scott says:

    Great article! Look at what General Electric did to Hanford, WA. Definitely not pretty.

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