Sunday, 24 March 2013
From Dahr Jamail
IDP's finding little refuge in Iraq
Dahr Jamail reports for Al Jazeera (March 19th): Haifa has been living as a refugee in a corner of the Adhamiyah district of Baghdad, a stone's throw from the Tigris River, since 2007 when she fled increasing sectarian violence in her native Nahrawan town.
And according to current figures from Iraq’s Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MoMD), she is only one of 1.1 million other Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Iraq today.
UNHCR estimates provided to Al Jazeera by Jessica Hyba, the Public Information and External Relations Officer in Iraq show that the greatest number of IDP’s to be in the Baghdad governorate, and puts the number at 200,000 Iraqis.
War's legacy of cancer
Dahr Jamail reports for Al Jazeera (March 15th): Contamination from Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions and other military-related pollution is suspected of causing a sharp rises in congenital birth defects, cancer cases, and other illnesses throughout much of Iraq.
Many prominent doctors and scientists contend that DU contamination is also connected to the recent emergence of diseases that were not previously seen in Iraq, such as new illnesses in the kidney, lungs, and liver, as well as total immune system collapse. DU contamination may also be connected to the steep rise in leukaemia, renal, and anaemia cases, especially among children, being reported throughout many Iraqi governorates.