From The Maddison Times by Karlos Zurutuza April 18th 2012
FALLUJAH.- At Fallijah hospital they cannot offer any statistics on children born with birth defects- there are just too many. parents dont want to talk.
“Families bury their new born babies after they die with out telling anyone,” says hospital spokesman Nadim al-Hadidi “its all too shameful for them.”
We recorded 672 cases in January but we know there were many more,” says Hadidi. He projects pictures onto a wall at his office: Children born with no brain, no eyes, or with the intestines out of their body. Facing a frozen image of a child born without limbs, Hadidi says parent’s feelings usually range between shame and guilt. “They think its their fault, that there’s something wrong with them. And it doesn’t help at all when some elder tells them its been ‘God’s punishment’.”
The pictures are difficult to look at and, those responsible for all this have closed their eyes.
“In 2004 the Americans tested all kinds of chemicals and explosive devices: thermobaric weapons, white phosphorous, depleted uranium… we have all been laboritory mice for them,” says Hadidi, turning off the projector. The months that followed the invasion of Iraq in 2003 saw persistant demonstrations against the occupation forces. But it was’nt untill 2004 when this city by the Euphrates river to the west of Bagdad saw its worst. On March of that year, images of the dismembered bodies of 4 mercenaries from the the U.S. group Blackwater hanging from a bridge circulated around the world.Al-Qauada claimed the brutal action and the local polpulaion paid the price for operation Phantom Fury that followed. Acording to the pentagon, this was the biggest urban battle since Hue ( Vietnam, 1968) The first crack down came in April 2004 but the worst was in November of that year. Random house to house checks gave way to intense night bombings. The American said they used white phosphorous “to illuminate targets at night.” But a group of Italian journalists soon gave documentory evidence that white phosphorous had been just another of the banned weapons used against civilians
by the U.S. troups.
The total number of victims is still unknown. In fact,many of them are not born yet.
Abdulkadir Alrawi, a doctor at Fallujah hospital is just back from examining an intriguing new case. “This girl was born with the Dandy Walker syndrome.
Her brain is split in 2 and I doubt she’ll survive.” As he speaks, the lights go off again in the whole hospital.
“We lack the most basic infrastucture, how do they want us to cope with an emergency like this?” to be continued