Ten years after the intervention in Iraq by the US-led coalition in March 2003, the Iraqi population is still affected by multiple humanitarian consequences of the ongoing violence. Access to essential basic services such as healthcare and clean water remains a challenge for many Iraqis, as Lucy Kafanov reports.
Bomb blasts may still haunt Baghdad, but as Lucy Kafanov reports Iraqi citizens are finding unique ways of coping with the struggles of daily life.
The Iraq war may be over, but its legacy continues to haunt residents in cities all across the country. In an exclusive report, Lucy Kafanov travelled to the city of Najaf where locals say that a health epidemic quietly rages beneath the surface. Birth defects and cancer rates are soaring in Najaf, but few outside of the city are aware of the scale of the catastrophe. American and British forces allegedly used depleted uranium rounds and other toxic weapons during the war, which some Iraqi scientists believe is to blame for the rising cancer and birth defect rates in Najaf. High levels of congenital heart defects, malformed limbs and other defects have been documented in the city of Fallujah, but as this report shows the crisis could be far more widespread than previously thought.
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