06 March, 2010

Birth defects in Iraq are too painful and shocking

Doctors in the Iraqi city of Fallujah are reporting a high level of birth defects, with some blaming weapons used by the US after the Iraq invasion. To read and watch what is happening to these children in Iraq is just too painful.

And very shocking. Shocking, in that - some do not want these reports to be made public. Already, it has been reported that the rate of childhood leukemia is very high in Iraq. How can any one living there have children? How can any one have children, if the likelihood of that child being born with a defective body or heart - is very high? In Iraq now, in some parts:
  • There are as many as two or three cases a day, mainly of cardiac defects.
  • The rate of congenital heart defects was 95 per 1,000 births - 13 times the rate found in Europe.
  • There are a "massive unprecedented number" of heart defects, and an increase in the number of nervous system defects.
  • Babies can be "born with an eye in the middle of the forehead, the nose on the forehead." 
 Read and watch more on the very tragic situation in Iraq on the BBC.