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A report by the American Common Dream website confirmed, on Sunday, that the amount of 700 billion dollars allocated by the law to help victims of waste incineration pits from the American army for the next ten years, from which the American company Halliburton has benefited as profits, will not obtain anything from the Iraqi people and will not provide them with any assistance, even though they are the most affected Of which.
The report stated that “the law, which was tried to block the Republican representatives in Congress and was subjected to harsh criticism until the American comedian John Stewart described them as prostitutes and complained of the mortal danger facing the families of veterans, did not address what the Iraqi people suffered during the period of the invasion and occupation, the destruction of infrastructure and the pollution of the environment.” by the US military.”
"The waste incineration pits were huge incineration fields, sometimes the size of football fields, but there were many smaller fields across Iraq and Afghanistan as well that cause a large number," said Purdue University anthropology professor Kali Robay in the Democracy Now program. Cancer, as well as skin problems, asthma, bronchitis, respiratory, lung, cardiovascular, migraine, and other neurological conditions.”
The report continued, "The biggest beneficiary of these dirty and polluting pits is the Kellogg Company and KBR, which are subsidiaries of the main company, Halliburton, headed by then US Vice President Dick Cheney, which reaped billions of dollars in profits from those dirty contracts."
"Veterans have seen acute, short-term exposure to pit burns at the peak of their health, at the peak of their lives," said Kali Rubay, who recently returned from Iraq. Iraqis have had long-term and widespread exposure across all life stages, so the health effects have been diverse and widespread. Living near US bases in Iraq, and therefore near burn pits, increased the likelihood of having a child with a birth defect or developing cancer.”
She indicated that "the burning pits represent the biggest environmental and health problem for Iraqis, in addition to the effects of the military occupation, bombings, shootings, displacement and layers of military incursion by the various occupation forces since the American invasion." Noting that "all these things led to the collapse of the public infrastructure that would be used to counter the health effects of waste incineration pits, poor public health, and the complex conditions of agriculture."
The report pointed out that “the scars of the American invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan are deep, spanning decades, and the number of millions who were killed or wounded will never be known. The United States bears responsibility, and owes survivor compensation, no less than pledges made, recently, to American veterans.”
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