I would like to turn over the first post of my blog to Ross Caputi of the Justice for Fallujah Project…please, please watch both of these videos to gain some background on and knowledge of the situation facing the families and children of Fallujah, from someone who can speak the truth from personal experience, and say it so, so much more eloquently than I ever could:
This is a story that needs to be told. We need to witness and we need to scream it across this entire country, and the world.
I will post whatever updates and any news items about Fallujah and the babies that I can find on this blog, and hope to compile a history of what already has been done. The focus of this blog will be what is now being done, and what still needs to be done. I ask my friends to spread the word…write to your newspapers, or congressmen…whatever you can do. Subscribe to this blog, like the Justice for Fallujah Project on facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Remember-Fallujah-Project/148687775148374 , tweet and re-tweet posts. Write in with ideas, all efforts to help are welcomed and appreciated…and needed. Please, and
I somehow missed watching this 2011 film by the amazing journalist Feurat Alani, until I saw it on Facbook. It documents everything that I have been trying to say on this blog for years. Thank you Feurat, and Dr. Samira Alani for sharing. I want everyone to see! To see that US weapons of mass destruction caused so much harm, and continue to do so. I can only hope, that some day, there is restitution. Reparations. Acknowledgement.
My husband works with native Hawaiians, in documenting their culture and history, which includes colonization. There is a word in Hawaiian that means responsibility. Kuleana. I have taken it on as my kuleana to keep on writing about what the US did to Iraqis, especially Iraqis in Fallujah, until they take it on. I won’t rest…
I just saw this picture, courtesy of the brave doctors at the Fallujah General Hospital. Please, tell me, how this can this be described in any other way except that we bombed these poor people with weapons of mass destruction, with terrible harm-causing weapons. And this is the result.
More pictures, More babies.
I wonder what the reaction would be in the US to pictures like these. Pictures from ONE HOSPITAL in ONE CITY. A city that we happened to have bombed heavily. What if that tables were turned? What would be the reaction, the outcry?
These innocent babies are the product of Bush’s war. Don’t make him a hero now…
I haven’t updated this blog in a while. Not because there haven’t been any babies, there are always the babies. Thanks so much to the brave doctor(s) who maintain(s) the Birth Defects in Fallujah Facebook and Twitter accounts. Without his or her or their documentation we wouldn’t know. I wish there were something I could DO about it…at the very least I try to help them to spread the news.
This is not right…
This is just one of the babies that has been born since I last updated this blog. Here are some others:
I think of these babies often. I hope that someday the world changes and we elect leaders with compassion and a conscience. I don’t know what else to do except pray for that, and post pictures of the babies.
Another update from the Birth Defects in Fallujah Facebook page. Look at this precious baby’s hands and feet.
And this beatiful boy’s legs
So many children born in Fallujah in July of this year with birth defects, and that’s just one month. This is not right. The US needs to take responsibilty for this. Our weapons did this. It’s just not right.