The US assault on Fallujah: a Human Rights Catastrophe
In 2004, occupation forces launched two major sieges against the city and its residents in order to “pacify” them. Thousands of civilians were killed, hundreds of thousands were displaced, large portions of the city were completely destroyed, and the weapons used are likely the cause of a devastating public health crisis. The Fallujah General Hospital was itself the target of military violence. Under siege by the US military for several days, ambulances were not allowed in or out, doctors were detained, and many patients died.
At present 14% of all children born in Fallujah are born with birth defects. The cancer rates in children are 12 times higher than what should be expected in a healthy population. Click here to read the studies and research that has been conducted on the Iraq health crisis.
These rates are so high that some medical researchers compare the health fallout in Fallujah with that of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was dropped. Children in Fallujah are being born with exposed spinal cords, missing or deformed limbs, scaly skin, protruding tumors, and defects that the doctors do not even have names for. Click here to see images of newborns at the Fallujah hospitals (link will go to the page under Resources with uncensored photos).
Now the Fallujah Women and Children’s Hospital is at the heart of repair efforts for Iraqi society, starting with its children. The Fallujah hospitals have asked us to give reparations in the form of training and equipment, as well as advocacy and research.
Advocacy, Research, and Public Awareness:
As residents struggle with one of the worst public health crises ever recorded, the rest of the world has remained complacent. A small handful of scientists have conducted poorly funded studies under the difficult circumstances of collecting data in a war zone. All of these studies suggest that the weapons used during the sieges of Fallujah polluted the city and exposed the population to toxic war contamination. However, little international work to help Fallujans has taken place, and there is no effort being made to ensure that the weapons used in Fallujah will not poison other populations in the future.
Learn more about what happened to Fallujah here.
• Remember Fallujah Week takes place every November. This is a time to call upon Americans to remember the war crimes committed against Fallujah. Lectures, film screenings, and other events are organized in cities around the world. The project has also plays a major role in bringing media attention to the ongoing public health crisis in Fallujah. November 2014 will be the 5th annual Remember Fallujah Week.
To participate, contact Ross Caputi at (email@example.com).
• Fear Not the Path of Truth: a veteran’s journey after Fallujah. The documentary follows Ross Caputi, Director of the Justice for Fallujah Project, as he examines the justifications given to him by his command for the 2nd siege of Fallujah and learns about the suffering that his mission caused. Click here for more information about the film.
To host a screening of this newly released documentary, contact Ross Caputi at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
• Other groups are working to ban weapons that cause the kinds of birth defects we are seeing in Fallujah. Learn more about their campaign: http://www.toxicremnantsofwar.info/.