|French physicist and anti-nuclear activist Bruno Chareyron|
took this photograph of chidren in Arlit, Niger, who often lay
near garbage contaminated by France-Areva's uranium
“The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa."
At the time, no one noted that France had used its former colony, Niger, as its national uranium mine, ever since the conclusion of World War II, as it developed its nuclear power and weapons industries, or that it had severely contaminated Niger, home of the legendary Touareg nomads, in the process.
This week there's new of yet another radioactive waste spill in Arlit, that has contaminated 2 hectares, or, roughly five acres, of land in Arlit, since December 11th, 2010.
Areva Uranium Mine in Niger Has Waste Spill, Greenpeace Says
Saturday, December 18, 2010
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