Reports from Fallujah: Hiroshima, Feb. 25, 2012

On Feb. 25 we held a gathering at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum under the title, “’The One Year in Fukushima’ as Seen by Photo-Journalist, Naomi Toyoda: Linking Hiroshima, Chernobyl and Iraq; Together with Urgent Reports: What’s Happening Now in Fallujah, Iraq?”
About 100 people attended the gathering which started at 2:00 pm and ended at 5:30 pm. Two doctors from the Fallujah General Hospital, Dr. Abdul-Wahhab Al-Alossy, orthopedic surgeon, and Dr. Omar Hashim, cardiothoracic surgeon, who are now undergoing a 6-week medical internship in Nagoya, reported about the increase of congenital defects of heart and lower-extremities in Fallujah after 2004.
I hope we can upload some of the video recording of the presentations before long, but, for now, let me attach just a couple of slides showing the increase of these anomalies as reported by the doctors. (In the first slide, VSD stands for ventricular septal defects, ASD for atrial septal defect, and TOF for Tetralogy of Fallot.)
In addition, Ms. Sachiko Hashida, who visited Fallujah last March, talked about her experience of a radiation detector starting to giving out alarms in a heavy sand storm.
Incidentally, Mr. Steven Leeper, Director of Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, and Ms. Haruko Moritaki gave a very moving message at the beginning and the ending of the gathering respectively, and I, Nobuo Kazashi,

moderated and translated the doctor’s reports.