About 100 experts have asked the state to form an independent team that would investigate all the harmful consequences from NATO’s bombing of Serbia.
Some do not hear them, some do not remember them, but others are convinced that even 18 years later, these consequences exist and will be a threat to us forever.
So far, there has been no reaction from the Ministry of Labor, to which the initiative has been addressed.
The experts who come from various fields want the authorities to determine the effects of NATO’s bombing on the environment and the health of citizens, in order to ensure food and drinking water safety.
“None of us claim that the consequences will be catastrophic, or that we are right,” says Danica Grujicic, a neurosurgeon who supported the initiative.
“Perhaps others are right when they say it’s great that three tons of mercury leaked into the Danube, that depleted uranium is phenomenal, perhaps they should bomb us again – I don’t know the results, but only experts can come up with the right results, while politicians owe it to the people to provide that answer,” she said.
NATO revealed that they dropped over 30,000 missiles with depleted uranium on Serbia in 1999, while the Yugoslav Army (VS) counted as many as 50,000.
If presence of uranium is found in soil, food, water, and even in people, the danger will effectively last forever, considering that the element’s half-life is 4.5 billion years.
“People who breathe in uranium dust (particles) face problems because some of it leaves the body while the rest remains, creating disruption at the cell level, which can lead to malignant diseases,” says Mirjana Andjelkovic-Lukic, whose husband – an explosives expert, like herself – died of cancer.
The signatories of the initiative claim that the data on the consequences of the use of this kind of weapon already exists, as it has been measured and recorded by various experts over the years. Their request will soon be sent to other ministries, the prime minister, and the president.