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Exhibition and lectures - DUst & Death – the humanitarian consequences of weapons with depleted uranium (DU*)

Munich, April 2010
HI Munich

DUst & Death – the humanitarian consequences of weapons with depleted uranium (DU*)

 

An exhibition by Alexander Stöcker and Romy Schreiber In cooperation with the Anti-War MuseumBerlin and Handicap International Germany’s Working Group Consequences of War

 

From 2nd until 30th April 2010, daily from 10am to 8pm in the OneWorldHouse Munich (EineWeltHaus München) Schwanthalerstraße 80

 
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Lecture event within the framework of the exhibition:

 

Uranium weapons: The humanitarian consequences and the international campaign

 

on Thursday, 22nd April 2010 at 7.30pm in the OneWorldHouse Munich (EineWeltHaus München)

 

•     Professor Manfred Mohr, International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms (IALANA) und Board Member of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW)

•    Ria Verjauw, Member of ICBUW Belgium, Co-initiator of the law on the ban of uranium weapons in Belgium

 

Organisers: Handicap International‘s Working Group Consequences of War with: Afghan Community Munich (Afghanische Gemeinde München), Supporters OneWorldHouse Munich (Trägerkreis EineWeltHaus München), German Peace Community-United conscientious objectors Munich Group (DFG-VK Gruppe München), H.M-V- Education Centre of the DFG-VK Bavaria (Bildungswerk des DFG-VK Bayern), International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Regional group Munich (Internationale Ärzte für die Verhütung des Atomkrieges Regionalgruppe München), Munich Refugee Council (Münchner Flüchtlingsrat), Munich Pact for Peace (Münchner Friedensbündnis), North South Forum Munich (Nord Süd Forum München e.V.), Pax Christi Munich (Pax Christi München), Planet O Oberschleißheim

Supported by funds from the Lutheran Protestant Church in Bavaria and the Catholic Fund

 

* abbreviation for Depleted Uranium

Leyda used to be a child that was always happy, despite the many terrible things that happened in her country Iraq. Leyda and her friends had an idea: A destroyed, broken down tank should serve as a castle, Leyda was allowed to play the princess and her friends should save her from a huge monster…

 

During the wars in Iraq and in the Balkans weapons made from depleted uranium were used. A lot indicates that these weapons were also deployed in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Somalia, however this has never been confirmed. Through the use of heavy uranium-238, these weapons have a very high penetrating power. They can perforate tanks and houses like butter. When striking a target the uranium inflames and uranium oxide is set free, which, as nanodust, in turn is swirled as high as the stratosphere through winds. In this way, the radioactive dust can be spread out across the globe. The tiny particles of highly toxic and radioactive heavy metal can be stored in the human body, poising it, causing cancer and other severe illnesses and can also change DNA, the human genetic information.

 

In this way, Leyla and her friends are endangered long after the weapon has struck, as they conquer the contaminated tank together and transform it into their castle. The exhibition “DUst & Death” tells of their fate – an imaginary story, which happens in this or similar ways in countries in which uranium weapons have been deployed. It tells of the humanitarian consequences of uranium weapons and of the international campaign to outlaw these weapons.

 

In contrast to landmines and cluster munitions, where the direct links between weapon and victim are evident, the causal links between cause and effect regarding uranium weapons are not as easily proven. Some governmental and partly governmental studies (including those of the WHO) continue to negate such a connection. On the other side, the UN already emphasised the serious health risks resulting from the deployment of uranium weapons in a resolution in 2007. The EU parliament calls upon the EU member states and NATO to ban uranium weapons. Belgium and Costa Rica have already banned these weapons; other countries are preparing such a ban. The numbers of court decisions which award compensation to contaminated soldiers are also increasing.

Exhibition

 

Through the exhibition “DUst & Death” Handicap International Germany’s Working Group Consequences of War would like to contribute to a situation in which the problem of uranium weapons is publically acknowledged and discussed. We support the demand of the International Campaign to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) regarding an international convention banning these weapons based on the example of the conventions on the ban of anti-personnel mines (1997) and of cluster munitions (2008).

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