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KOSOVO'S TOXIC CAMPS - NEWS UPDATE - 11th March 2010
•UK Scientists announce results of latest lead testing at toxic camps and Roma Mahalla in Mitrovica, Kosovo.
•New film "Lead Mountain Refugees" points finger at French minister, Bernard Kouchner.
•Another camp death brings the total to 86, since UNHCR set up camps for Roma families on deadly toxic waste.
Thursday 11th March: A British team of scientists from Aberystwyth University has just published their findings after completing a series of tests in the lead contaminated camps and their vicinity. They reveal high levels of toxicity in both Osterode and Cesmin Lug. Among their recomendations is a call for urgent closure. Other tests showed that the destroyed Roma Mahalla, once home to over 8000, had one of the lowest levels of pollution in the area.
Wed 11th March: A new film, "Lead Mountain Refugees" heavily criticises the French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner for his role in setting up camps for displaced Roma families.
Tuesday 9th March: At the lead contaminated camps of Osterode and Cesmin Lug set up for displced Roma families by UNHCR, camp representatives announced that yet another death had occurred, that of a one year old baby. This brings the total number of deaths to 86.
Meanwhile, in spite of numerous calls from the World Health Organisation, Human Rights Watch, and activists' groups for immediate evacuation and proper medical treatment, only long term resettlement plans with no evidence of medical treatment are being considered for the victims suffering from the world's highest levels of lead and other heavy metal poisoning.
The report, latest film and full details can be found via www.toxicwastekills.com