Guardian, UK - Doctors in Iraq's war-ravaged enclave of Falluja
are dealing with up to 15 times as many chronic deformities in
infants and a spike in early life cancers that may be linked
to toxic materials left over from the fighting. . . Neurologists
and obstetricians in the city interviewed by the Guardian say
the rise in birth defects - which include a baby born with two
heads, babies with multiple tumors, and others with nervous system
problems - are unprecedented and at present unexplainable.
A group of Iraqi and British officials, including the former
Iraqi minister for women's affairs, Dr Nawal Majeed a-Sammarai,
and the British doctors David Halpin and Chris Burns-Cox, have
petitioned the UN general assembly to ask that an independent
committee fully investigate the defects and help clean up toxic
materials left over decades of war - including the six years
since Saddam Hussein was ousted. . .