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How the World Health Organization covered up Iraq’s nuclear nightmare | Nafeez Ahmed, theguardian.com

Ex-UN, WHO officials reveal political interference to suppress scientific evidence of postwar environmental health catastrophe

WHO-Iraq-nuclearLast month, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a long awaited document summarizing the findings of an in-depth investigation into the prevalence of congenital birth defects (CBD) in Iraq, which many experts believe is linked to the use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions by Allied forces. According to the ‘summary report’:

“The rates for spontaneous abortion, stillbirths and congenital birth defects found in the study are consistent with or even lower than international estimates. The study provides no clear evidence to suggest an unusually high rate of congenital birth defects in Iraq.”

Jaffar Hussain, WHO’s Head of Mission in Iraq, said that the report is based on survey techniques that are “renowned worldwide” and that the study was peer reviewed “extensively” by international experts.

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