Antinuclear

Australian news, and some related international items

Algerians still suffering from French atomic legacy decades later

Beyond Nuclear International

Compensation scheme has aided very few people, as Saharan residents experience cancers, blindness and birth defects

By Johnny Magdaleno

Ahmed el-Hadj Hamadi was huddled into a building with the rest of his community by French soldiers early in the morning. They were instructed to lie down, close their eyes and cover their ears. He then remembers a sound like “the world coming to an end” and the windows turning white. A cord above their prone bodies swung erratically until the light bulb it held shattered.

“I thought it was the apocalypse. We all did,” he said. “We all thought we might die.” Later, the French military began tasking out labor to residents in the isolated desert region of Algeria. “They had built a kind of village at the explosion area, and even put animals in it,” Hamadi added. “After the blast we were sent out to gather all the rubbish…

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October 21, 2018 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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