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A frightened villager brings the lid of a barrel that contained uranium oxide (yellowcake) taken from the Tuwaitha nuclear facility, that was left unsecured by occupying forces after the fall of Saddam Hussein. The family used this radioactive barrel to store water and are complaining of rashes and skin problems.

Say no to war

Greenpeace is opposed to war, and we don't believe war is the answer to ridding the world of Weapons of Mass Destruction. That's one of the reasons why we took particular issue with the war on Iraq. We joined with people all over the world in months of global action to promote a non-violent solution to the conflict in Iraq.

We believedthe war was more about oil than about effectively dealing with weaponsof mass destruction. It would result in devastating human andenvironmental consequences, and set a dangerous (not to mentionillegal)precedent.

Though the occupyingforces were quick to secure Iraqi oil fields, they neglected tosafeguard dangerous nuclear material. Now that material has made itsway to homes and schools. Weapons of mass destruction, the alleged reason for the war in the first place, were never found.

Uranium and other nuclear material stored under UN control in Iraquntil the fall of Saddam Hussein have been stolen and local residentsare reportedly displaying symptoms of radiation poisoning. Six weeksafter the occupying forces took control of the country, the US finallyconceded that the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic EnergyAgency (IAEA), could return to assess what has been stolen at part ofone site, Tuwaitha. Yet the IAEA has been refused access to the nearbypopulation or to other sites it wants to visit, in contravention of UNresolutions.

We went to Iraq in June 2003 with a small, specialist teamto examine the local environment and to assess the extent of anynuclear contamination. The team took samples of soil and water forlaboratory analysis and conducted on-site monitoring with specialistradiation detection equipment. While the extent of the Greenpeaceradiological survey will not be comprehensive, it will provide someidea of the true level of risk to the people of the area and to theenvironment.

We are calling for a full assessment of the situation at Tuwaitha and other nuclear sites in Iraq:

  • Theoccupying powers must allow the IAEA to remain in Iraq with anunrestricted mandate to test as well as document all nuclear sites.
  • Theoccupying powers must allow the IAEA to oversee an urgent medical andenvironmental assessment of the impact of the radioactive material thathas spread in the local community - a practice that would be standardin any other country and circumstance.
  • A hunt for all the industrial radioactive isotopes in Iraq must be conducted urgently - these are all potential dirty bombs.

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One of 1500 demonstrators

Image | 23 June, 1995 at 0:00

One of 1500 demonstrators, a quarter of the population of Raratonga, who turned out to protest French nuclear testing in 1995.

RAINBOW WARRIOR II en route to Moruroa atoll

Image | 20 June, 1995 at 1:00

RAINBOW WARRIOR II en route to Moruroa atoll to protest against French nuclear testing.

French Nuclear Testing Action

Image | 7 June, 1995 at 11:30

En route to French nuclear test site Moruroa crew member of the Greenpeace vessel RAINBOW WARRIOR II Philip Papuka, on his way to shadowing French warship in attempt to deliver a message, following them since leaving Tahiti. Contact was not made...

Greenpeace Nuclear Free Seas Campaign: HMS

Image | 9 May, 1995 at 0:00

Greenpeace Nuclear Free Seas Campaign: HMS Talent arrives in Hamburg

250 Greenpeace activists entered Sellafield

Image | 17 April, 1995 at 1:00

250 Greenpeace activists entered Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant.

A plutonium convoy passing through a small

Image | 1 March, 1995 at 0:00

A plutonium convoy passing through a small village. Even if you don't live near a nuclear plant, dangerous nuclear material could be passing your door.

Greenpeace activists hang a 60 foot banner

Image | 21 July, 1994 at 1:00

Greenpeace activists hang a 60 foot banner from the World Bank's building in Washington to protest its funding of forest destruction.

Greenpeace documenting Russian ship TNT27

Image | 18 October, 1993 at 1:00

Greenpeace documenting Russian ship TNT27 dumping nuclear waste.

The chlorine factory Atochem at Fos

Image | 14 September, 1993 at 1:00

The chlorine factory Atochem at Fos-Sur-Mer, France, which Greenpeace activists spent four days blocking. Both entrances and the railway to the plant were blocked and a ship trying to enter was blocked. The Rainbow Warrior and the Vega were...

Control room of reactor no

Image | 1 December, 1992 at 0:00

Control room of reactor no.3 at the Chernobyl plant.

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