Where is the WHO?

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Here’s a link to an op-ed:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/06/201365101540408281.html by Dr.  Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, (from the op-ed: Dr Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, a native of Iran, is an environmental toxicologist based in Michigan. She is the author of over two dozen peer reviewed articles and the book, Pollution and Reproductive Damage.

In the op-ed she asks why an extensive  joint World Health Organization/Iraqi Ministry of Health study on birth defects in Iraq has not been released.  The study began in May-June 2012 and was completed in early October 2012.  The study was supposed to have been released in November 2012…it has yet to be released.  I wonder too.

From the article:

“In response to this costly delay in releasing the WHO report, 58 scientists, health professionals and human rights advocates recently wrote to the WHO and the Iraqi Health Ministry, asking for the immediate release of their report. We requested that this globally significant report be released at once. We received no response to this letter. ”

and there’s this:

“We are still waiting for an answer from the WHO. Why is this important report being held up?  One possible answer was suggested on May 26 by the Guardian. It reported the recent comments of Hans von Sponeck, the former assistant secretary general of the United Nations: “The US government sought to prevent WHO from surveying ares in southern Iraq where depleted uranium had been used and caused serious health and environmental dangers.”

Why indeed? The people of Fallujah and other Iraqi cities who are dealing with the major health crisis deserve to know the truth.  Too much secrecy in so many areas these days.

Will keep you posted. And, if you have the time, PLEASE watch the embedded video, link here:

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestoryamericas/2012/08/2012815458859755.html

It is heartbreaking, and I hope,it explains my interest in seeing that justice is done in Fallujah.

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One thought on “Where is the WHO?

  1. Pingback: A Breather, For Now…But We Can’t Forget and We Can’t Give Up | Justice For the Babies of Fallujah

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