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I know it's a little late to send you this message, but I didn't know it was translated in English. It's a tragic story, and more of these stories will see the light of day. I also find it morbid to have these discussions about the number of deaths due to embargo selected causes: is it 1.000.000, 1.500.000 or 750.000? Do we have the same discussions about the victims in the WTC-towers? Was it 5.000, 7.500, 10.000. And did the figures came from the regime of George Bush? Aahh, then they can't be trusted !!
Does the number really matter? I was quite a few times in Iraq : in 1992, 1994... and the last time in july 2001. I coordinated a Belgian (dutch spoken) book about the devastating effects of sanctions (Rendez-vous in Bagdad) and I have a lot of good friends in Iraq. Thinking of these friends and knowing what they have to go through, how their mother, father or children died because of lack of medicin, due to the embargo, make the discussions about the exact number of victims quite surrealistic and very, very senseless. If there is only one child that has died because of the embargo, it is more than enough reason to stop these devastating sanctions.
Too many babies without eyes in Irak
Edward De Sutter 26/05/2001
source : Dutch Journal Medical Science
URL : http://www.lai-aib.org/lai/article_lai.phtml?section=A3ABBD&object_id=8857
Irak Depleted Uranium
Source: Nederlands Tijdschrift Geneeskunde, 2001, 26
mei; 145(21), blz.1024
Iraq: Too many babies without eyes
Mohammed A. Salman, an eye surgeon from Baghdad, is reporting via the
internet about the phenomenon anophthalmos: babies who have been born with only
one eye or who are missing both eyes. This is a rare anomaly, which normally
exists at 1 of the 50 million births. The Iraqi eye doctor, however, is
reporting 9 cases in two years; 8 babies are missing both eyes. The Flemish eye
doctor Edward De Sutter from the Groeninghe Hospital in Kortrijk picked up the
message from internet and started a scientific discussion with Salman per
e-mail. On the critical and unbelieving questions from De Sutter, Salman
proposed to come and to look by himself. De Sutter accepted the invitation and
came to Iraq, together with two other colleague eye doctors. What he saw in
Iraq, was horrible, like he writes in the Flemish daily 'De Standaard' (5 May,