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Take Action for Children Suffering in Iraq

Posted on: Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Keywords: Iraq, Middle East

Join the Haweeja Action Team to demand justice for mothers and children in the town of Haweeja.

OWFI, our partners in Iraq, have discovered hundreds of children in the town of Haweeja born with birth defects and suffering from alarming rates of cancer. Evidence points to a US military dump one mile from the center of town, where for years, radioactive munitions have been detonated.

The US may be leaving Iraq, but we want our sisters there to know that we will not abandon them.

In Haweeja, MADRE’s prepared to meet the immediate medical needs of children. And MADRE and OWFI will work together to compile evidence of responsibility for these families’ needless suffering and demand accountability.

Turn your Outrage into Action

We’ve created the Haweeja Action Team to support our Iraqi sisters and their families. We want the families of Haweeja to know that MADRE stands with them. We hope you’ll stand with us, too.

Join the Haweeja Action Team by signing on to the message of support below. Tell our sisters in Iraq that they, and their families, are not alone.

By joining the Action Team, you will become a part of a critical circle of support. As we move forward, you’ll also receive updates from Haweeja, more opportunities to demand justice, and access to phone calls with our partners in Iraq.

Add your name to the message below – and share this with your friends. The more names on the message, the more the mothers of Haweeja feel our support.

To the Mothers of Haweeja

To our sisters:

We stand with you in your fight for justice from the terrible repercussions of war.

As MADRE members, we will call for an investigation of the health crisis in your community and demand accountability from the US government.

We stand with you for peace and justice and a healthy, happy future for your children.

In friendship,


Click here to sign the message of support and join the Haweeja Action Team.

For more about MADRE’s work in Haweeja, click here.

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