Yes, More Babies…and a Way to Help Fallujah Maternity and Children’s Hospital

I’ve been out of the US for the past month and a half.  I returned  to stories of the US government ripping children from their families.  My heart is heavy.  It’s always heavy when I think about injustice.  And, as it often does, thoughts of injustice lead me back to the babies, and how the US has still never taken any responsibility for using weapons in Fallujah that led to this: These babies were born, or were stillborn, in Fallujah during the time I was away.  All of this, in one place, in less than 2 months. Can you imagine?

 

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As usual I feel helpless. But, thanks to some caring people there is a way to help the families of Fallujah. My dear friend Ross Caputi and the People’s History of Fallujah are partnering with Iraq Hope, a Japanese NGO, and Irak Solidaritet, a Swedish solidarity organization, to purchase a new echo-cardiogram machine for the Maternity and Children’s HospitalHere is the link for more information:

https://peopleshistoryfallujah.org/2018/06/16/help-us-purchase-an-echo-cardiogram-machine-for-fallujahs-maternity-and-childrens-hospital/

“Since 2005 Fallujah has witnessed some of the highest rates of cancer DSC_6074and birth defects in the world. Many attribute this public health crisis to American weapons used during the assaults on the city in 2004. Then during the period of violence beginning in 2013, Fallujah’s hospitals were bombed repeatedly by American and Iraqi forces, and then looted by ISIS.

Fallujah’s Maternity and Children’s Hospital continues to struggle with the city’s public health crisis, and without essential equipment.

Our fundraising goal is $10,000.

Please join us in this act of reparations.”

I hope that everyone reading my blog will consider donating. In honor of – and justice for – the babies…

https://peopleshistoryfallujah.org/2018/06/16/help-us-purchase-an-echo-cardiogram-machine-for-fallujahs-maternity-and-childrens-hospital/

 

 

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15 Years Ago, and the Carnage Continues

I was away on vacation on March 19, 2018, the 15th anniversary of the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. (I am blessed to have a good job that provides paid time off. I know that many aren’t so lucky). So I may have missed stories about the anniversary. Was there any coverage? Or is George W. Bush still being portrayed as a nice guy?

I’ve always questioned why the liars who lied us into that war aren’t in jail, but then I think about our current liar in chief and, well.  Things just get worse…now we see the return of John Bolton, one of the gaggle of NeoCons who orchestrated that false march to war. The damage and devastation to Iraq and Iraqis continues.

Look, everyone should look!, at this poor baby just born in Fallujah.

How can anyone who sees these pictures not feel outrage?  This poor baby is just one of the thousands who have been born in the last decade who are victims of the US and our nasty, dirty weapons. WE were the ones with the weapons of mass destruction all along. OUR weapons caused this carnage.

I continue to write this blog knowing that the people who really could help, who could change things, don’t care. They deny that these babies are their responsibility, they say things like “Oh the birth defects are a result of people marrying their cousins.”  “We didn’t use depleted uranium.”

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/19/us-depleted-uranium-weapons-civilian-areas-iraq

So demeaning. Shameful.

What can we do?  Well, care, for starters. If you’ve come upon my blog then you have the power to spread the word. Continue to speak out.

I also encourage you to follow my comrade Ross Caputi’s new project (you can learn more about Ross in the intro to this blog). He has created The People’s History of Fallujah: “A digital archive dedicated to documenting and collecting documentation of how residents of the Iraqi city of Fallujah experienced the Gulf Wars, while also mobilizing resources as reparations to meet their urgent humanitarian needs. We are affiliated with the Islah Reparations Project and share their commitment to bringing grassroots reparations to the people of Fallujah. To that end, we view the labor of historical scholarship—research, documentation, narration, and public engagement—to be an integral part of giving reparations. History as a kind of public truth-telling is the basis from which all future reparation efforts are made possible.”

You can sign up to receive emails and become involved in other ways here:
https://peopleshistoryfallujah.org/get-involved/

Click through to the bottom to join the mailing list.

And remember the babies:

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Fallujah: The Lost Generation

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…

More Babies. There Are Always More Babies…

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…

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More Babies in Fallujah

I encourage anyone reading this blog to follow Fallujah Birth Defects on twitter – @FDefects. I am posting some of their recent pictures below. That all of these babies were born in Fallujah in just the past few weeks just doesn’t seem right. How many more babies have to suffer?  I am sickened and saddened that I live in a country that caused this and won’t take any responsibility for it. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. But I am sorry. All I can do is help them to show the world. We can all do that…

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