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Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:24


"Nuclear radiation exposure concerns mount for mothers Japan"

  Women News Network

This article orginally appeared in its entirety here.


According to the United Nations and The International Campaign Against Honor Killing at least five thousand women and girls worldwide are murdered each year to preserve ‘family honour’. Many of these women are killed for making personal choices that don’t match the limits placed on them by their families and local society.

But what do the figures mean? And what does it mean for mothers and women who are pregnant in regions that are highly impacted by six damaged nuclear reactors with three complete core melt-down failures at the Fukushima plant?

According to the Japan’s Nuclear Safety Commission the total release of radioactive iodine-131 to date is now equal to 630,000 terabecquerels, a figure that has caused numerous public and private safety concerns in Japan.

Parents along Japan’s eastern region are now facing increased worries about their children, especially the youngest members of the family.

Some mothers who feel they have been exposed to levels of radiation that could cause their breast milk to be compromised are also making decisions away from breast feeding their infants. Even the possibility of compromised powdered milk, used to feed infants, is being scrutinized.

This article orginally appeared in its entirety here.


Last Updated on Sunday, 17 July 2011 12:45