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"Congenital Anomolies" in Iraq

During the Gulf war, Britain and the United States pounded the city and its surroundings with 96,000 depleted-uranium shells. The wretched creatures in the photographs - for they were scarcely human - are the result, Dr Amer said.
Excerpt from

A chamber of horrors so close to the "garden of Eden"
Andy Kershaw

 http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=107715

I thought I had a strong stomach - toughened by the minefields and foul frontline hospitals of Angola, by the handiwork of the death squads in Haiti and by the wholesale butchery of Rwanda. But I nearly lost my breakfast last
week at the Basrah Maternity and Children's Hospital in southern Iraq.

Dr Amer, the hospital's director, had invited me into a room in which were displayed colour photographs of what, in cold medical language, are called "congenital anomalies", but what you and I would better understand as horrific birth deformities. The images of these babies were head-spinningly grotesque - and thank God they didn't bring out the real
thing, pickled in formaldehyde. At one point I had to grab hold of the back of a chair to support my legs.

During the Gulf war, Britain and the United States pounded the city and its surroundings with 96,000 depleted-uranium shells. The wretched creatures in the photographs - for they were scarcely human - are the result, Dr Amer said.

He guided me past pictures of children born without eyes, without brains. Another had arrived in the world with only half a head, nothing above the eyes. Then there was a head with legs, babies without genitalia, a little girl born with her brain outside her skull and the whatever-it-was whose
eyes were below the level of its nose.

Then the chair-grabbing moment - a photograph of what I can only describe (inadequately) as a pair of buttocks with a face and two amphibian arms. Mercifully, none of these babies survived for long.
Assistance 02.Dec.2001 16:43

Annon

I think that it was preposterous for the US to use atomic warfare on the Iraq beseiged population. Someone should sue the United States and England for these genetic problems. The generals who allowed these weapons were/are either crazy or maliciously incompent. At least require the US/Enland/Bush Oil Empire to clean up the mess and provide equipment for rapid detection/abortion of maligned fetuses. I don't think anyone should suffer through life like that.