Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fears widen over Kadena toxins

More than 10 parents whose children developed serious illnesses while living on Okinawa bases have expressed fears that contamination at the two schools may be to blame. Many of the sicknesses from which they are suffering include those known to be caused by dioxin exposure — birth defects, autoimmune disorders and childhood cancers.

Telisha Simmons, who lived on the island between 2011 and 2012, is just one of the mothers who worries that her children’s ill health may have been caused by base contamination.

"I am disgusted that this information has been kept from us. Not even after my daughter was diagnosed with bone tumors and my son with a brain cyst were we informed"” she told The Japan Times.

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