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Shocking birth defects in Fallujah

Issue No. 2192

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Children in the Iraqi city of Fallujah are still being born with severe birth defects.

BBC journalists visited a hospital in Fallujah last week. They found babies born with three heads and children suffering paralysis.

Eyewitness Dr Salam Ismael exposed in Socialist Worker how the US flattened the city in 2004, using shells containing depleted uranium (» The truth at last).

The US claims it is unaware of any official figures for deformities in Fallujah. That’s because no official reports exist—doctors and other specialists are scared to speak out.

The Iraqi government says there are only one or two cases a year above the national average in Fallujah.

But Dr Samira al-Ani, who works in the Fallujah general hospital, says she sees two or three new cases every day.

Socialist Worker reported on the high levels of birth defects in June 2008 » Silent killer stalks streets of Fallujah).

This is the true legacy of imperialism.

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Tue 9 Mar 2010, 18:45 GMT
Issue No. 2192
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