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Depleted uranium and birth defects – World Health Organisation covers this up

WHO-and-IAEAWHO Refuses to Publish Report on Cancers and Birth Defects in Iraq Caused by Depleted Uranium Ammunition By Denis Halliday Global Research, September 13, 2013 The World Health Organisation (WHO)  has categorically refused in defiance of its own mandate to share evidence uncovered in Iraq that US military use of Depleted Uranium and other weapons have not only killed many civilians, but continue to result in the birth of deformed babies.

This issue was first brought to light in 2004 in a WHO expert report “on the long-term health of Iraq’s civilian population resulting from depleted uranium (DU) weapons”. This earlier report was “held secret”, namely suppressed by the WHO:

The study by three leading radiation scientists cautioned that children and adults could contract cancer after breathing in dust containing DU, which is radioactive and chemically toxic. But it was blocked from publication by the World Health Organization (WHO), which employed the main author, Dr Keith Baverstock, as a senior radiation advisor. He alleges that it was deliberately suppressed, though this is denied by WHO. (See Rob Edwards, WHO ‘Suppressed’ Scientific Study Into Depleted Uranium Cancer Fears in Iraq,  The Sunday Herald, February 24, 2004)


Almost nine years later,  a joint WHO- Iraqi Ministry of Health Report on cancers and birth defect in Iraq was to be released in November 2012. “It has been delayed repeatedly and now has no release date whatsoever.”

To this date the WHO study remains “classified”.

According to Hans von Sponeck, former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations,

“The US government sought to prevent the WHO from surveying areas in southern Iraq where depleted uranium had been used and caused serious health and environmental dangers.” (quoted in Mozhgan Savabieasfahani Rise of Cancers and Birth Defects in Iraq: World Health Organization Refuses to Release Data, Global Research, July 31, 2013

This tragedy in Iraq reminds one of US Chemical Weapons used in Vietnam. And that the US has failed to acknowledge or pay compensation or provide medical assistance to thousands of deformed children born and still being born due to American military use of Agent Orange throughout the country.

The millions of gallons of this chemical dumped on rural Vietnam were eagerly manufactured and sold to the Pentagon by companies Dupont, Monsanto and others greedy for huge profits.

Given the US record of failing to acknowledge its atrocities in warfare, I fear those mothers in Najaf and other Iraqi cities and towns advised not to attempt the birth of more children will never receive solace or help.

A United Nations that is no longer corrupted by the five Permanent Members of the Security Council is what is needed.


September 16, 2013 - Posted by | depleted uranium, health, Reference, secrets,lies and civil liberties, Uranium


  1. greetings Roger, i just read ur words of support for logistics,concerning chemical weapons,this country has been at war with its own citizens for decades,and as far as Im conderned paraquat, agent orange ,other defoliants are chemical weapons,effecting thousands of vets,citizens.Soldiers are suing Tepco for ruinning thier lives when they were called to help at Fukushima. Nuc. power leaders ,contracts in hand forced nuclear contracts ,liabilities onto world waterways and public funds,while fukushima was melting down. media is silent as the arctic could be melting down from decades of horrific nuc. exposures. A fifth grader should know there is nothing safe or clean about this tecnology,yet our government propaganda campaign has many thinking it is as right as sunshine.The IAEA cant stop a simple melt down or protect us from the contamination of our oceans. They are criminal,liars ,are quilty of crimes against humanity for decades of nuclear proliferation,quilty of espionage for trading nuclear tecnologires. We have all heard that depleted uranium is dangerous and is banned. excuse anyone who would assume furthure consequences to its use as obseved by nuc. scientist for some time. I recomment a doc. [Confessions Of A Economic Hitman],another whistle blower who risked his life out of guilt. my regards, Janine

    Comment by jANINE bALDWIN | September 17, 2013 | Reply

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  3. Depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) is generated in large quantities through the uranium enrichment process. The term “Depleted” indicates that most of the more useful U-235 isotope of uranium has been removed through an enrichment process. DUF6 has been generated, transported, stored, and managed safely in the U.S. for several decades. However, it is a fluorine compound that can react with water or ethanol to produce toxic fumes of hydrofluoric acid.

    Birth defects may be very mild in which the baby looks and acts like any other baby, or birth
    defects may be very severe, and you can immediately tell there is a problem. Some birth defects
    can be so severe that a baby may live only a few months or die at a young age.

    Comment by Normy Chan | October 22, 2013 | Reply

    • Thank you, Normy, for the comment on DUF6, the most common form of DU. I am confused, though, on what the comment on birth defects is supposed to mean. The fact of the matter is that this first ever comprehensive study of birth defects in Iraq found no rise in birth defects, let alone no epidemic as widely cited by numerous internet sources that have done real research and are just expressing an opinion for political purposes. Serious congenital birth defects are a tragedy for the family concerned. They should not be mischaracterized for political gain.

      Comment by Roger | October 23, 2013 | Reply

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