Socorro – The City of Depleted Uranium
PUBLIC SERVICE, 25 Jul 2016
Depleted uranium contamination in the USA: The mountain of Socorro in the South of New Mexico was used for decades as a testing range for depleted uranium weapons (DU).
Socorro became a national sacrifice area. People in Socorro are suffering similar health effects as the local population in Iraq who were hit by DU-Weapons during the Gulf Wars. The film gives details of the abuses and transgressions on the people of Socorro whose community was downwind and downgrade of the depleted uranium testing sites which had been active since 1972. Until today most of the population of Socorro are unaware about the testing on the Socorro mountain and the dangers of depleted uranium.
Main character of the film is Damacio A. Lopez, who was born in Socorro. He served the US-army during Cold war and Cuba Crisis and became later a professional golf player. When he found out about the horrible consequences of the use of depleted uranium on the battle fields during the Gulf wars in Iraq and in his native town, he became one of the first activists fighting for a global ban of these weapons.
Damacio studied the terrible health effects of DU Weapons in the battlefields of Iraq and the Balkans for many years. He has founded the International Depleted Uranium Study Team (IDUST) and influenced and produced several important reports and films about Depleted Uranium like the film: “URANIUM 238: THE PENTAGON’S DIRTY POOL”. This film won the Jury Award as the Best Short Film of the first International Uranium Film Festival in 2011. Damacio is also the principle founder of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) and works at the UN on a treaty to ban uranium weapons.
SOCORRO – THE CITY OF DEPLETED URANIUM will be the first film that this testing of depleted uranium will be exposed to world public. It will make clear that not only the populations in Iraq or in the Balkans are suffering from DU but also US citizens across the US who live close to the military testing sites and firing ranges.
Damacio Lopez says: “I am from a family in Socorro in New Mexico and I have been working to create an International Treaty to ban Depleted Uranium Weapons for the past 30 years. In 1986 I discovered that depleted uranium testing was taking place on the Socorro Mountain just 2 miles away down wind from our family home. My father would spends hours in his garden while black clouds moved over head from the DU test site. He eventually died of various cancers.”
See also: Depleted Uranium: Metal of Dishonor http://www.democracynow.org/1999/4/19/depleted_uranium_metal_of_dishonor
International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) –http://www.bandepleteduranium.org/
The Case for an Immediate Ban on the Military Use of Depleted Uranium www.ru.nl/publish/pages/630064/archief_lopez_uranium_en.pdf
“Uranium 238: The Pentagon’s Dirty Pool” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEqE8DdpHOM
Depleted uranium weapons have left behind a trail of human misery and vituperative debate. What’s not known about them is just as disturbing as what is.. https://newint.org/features/2007/11/01/keynote/
FRIENDLY FIRE, THE LINK BETWEEN DEPLETED URANIUM MUNITIONS AND HUMAN HEALTH RISKS http://www.gulfwarvets.com/du8.html
Speaking for the deprived through Uranium Film… Norbert G. Suchanek – Investigative Journalist and Filmmaker, Born 1963 in Germany, living in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro. His documentaries like “Uranium Thirst” and “The Speech of the Chief” are already shown at several international film festivals. Telling the secrets of the nuclear story http://www.sundayguardianlive.com/movies/963-telling-secrets-nuclear-story. Websites: norbertsuchanek.org – uraniumfilmfestival.org
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