WHO Refuses to Publish Report on Cancers and Birth Defects in Iraq Caused by Depleted Uranium Ammunition
By Denis Halliday
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has categorically refused in defiance of its own mandate to share evidence uncovered in Iraq that US military use of
Depleted Uranium and other weapons have not only killed many civilians, but continue to result in the birth of deformed babies.
This issue was first brought to light in 2004 in a WHO expert report "on the long-term health of Iraq's civilian population resulting from depleted
uranium (DU) weapons". This earlier report was "held secret", namely suppressed by the WHO:
The study by three leading radiation scientists cautioned that children and adults could contract cancer after breathing in dust containing
DU, which is radioactive and chemically toxic. But it was blocked from publication by the World Health Organization (WHO), which employed the main
author, Dr Keith Baverstock, as a senior radiation advisor. He alleges that it was deliberately suppressed, though this is denied by WHO.
(See Rob Edwards, WHO 'Suppressed' Scientific Study Into Depleted Uranium Cancer Fears in Iraq, The Sunday Herald,
BHR6qlO4GS-CMLf-rhmLsUTCvVNZj4cBODpFH1cU> February 24, 2004)
Almost nine years later, a joint WHO- Iraqi Ministry of Health Report on cancers and birth defect in Iraq was to be released in November 2012.