YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!
For exactly 42 years, from August 29, 1949 to August 29, 1991, hundreds of thousands of people in Kazakhstan were subjected to one of the most horrific treatment a human being can inflict on another. They were used as human guinea pigs during almost 500 nuclear explosions the Soviets carried out at Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in their push to compete with the United States for global domination. The cumulative power of those explosions, both above ground, on the ground and underground, is believed to equal 2,500 Hiroshima bombs.
Now, 11 years after the closure of that harrowing place by Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev's decree, - who recounted this historic decision in his book Epicenter of Peace , - and 13 years since Kazakhstan became independent, those hundreds of thousands and their descendants still suffer. As science has it, the suffering, mutations and a horrifying array of diseases will continue to destroy lives of their descendants for many generations to come.
The Government of Kazakhstan is doing its best to help those people, but it faces daunting challenges. The people of Kazakhstan are also grateful to the people of many nations on the face of the earth, including Japan, Great Britain and the United States for their help, which comes in many ways. This help comes both within the UN-sponsored program of assistance to Semipalatinsk area, and through direct donations of medicines, food, clothing, wheel chairs and so many other things the suffering children, women and men badly need.
They share the pain of those people in Mururoa, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and elsewhere in the United States that also suffered as a result of the nuclear testing. The plights of the people in Kazakhstan and the United States are one.
Below you will find a set of publications on that issue which will give you an in-depth understanding of this appalling legacy of the Cold War.
After you read these stories and in case you want to join in with so many others and help the people in Semipalatinsk, below are the details of how to make donations to Semipalatinsk Oncology Center and other links.
It may seem that these people are a world away from your place.
It may seem that their problems have nothing to do with you, whoever and wherever you might be.
But this is simply not so. These people suffered because of the global aspirations of the two competing ideologies of the Free World and the Communist Totalitarism.
Now that the Communism is defeated, all the people of the Free World have a moral duty to help those who unwillingly and not knowingly suffered in this competition that took place on their land.
Don't let these people feel forgotten and left to deal with their problems on their own!
READERS WISHING TO DONATE MONEY TO THE SEMIPALATINSK ONCOLOGY CENTER CAN DO SO AS FOLLOWS:
Account No 260000-001070175,
Beneficiary: Semipalatinsk Regional Oncology Center, 3 Aviatsionnaya Street,
490033 Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan.
Beneficiary Bank: Halyk Savings Bank of Kazakhstan, 97 Rozybakieva Street, 480046 Almaty, Kazakhstan.
CHIPS UID: 350811; SWIFT BIC: HSBKKZKX.
Correspondent account No000730754 with American Express Bank Ltd, New York.
CHIPS ABA: 0159 SWIFT BIC: BKTRUS33
Contact person at the Center: Dr. Marat Sandybaev, Chief Physician, Email:Onco@relcom.kz, tel./fax: +73222 643918/ +73222 645662.
Information on other institutions and people in need of help will be coming.
If you wish to discuss this or any other issue, please call Mr. Roman Vassilenko, Press Secretary, Embassy of Kazakhstan, tel. 202 232 5488 ext. 104, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BOOK BY PRESIDENT NAZARBAYEV TRACES KAZAKHSTAN'S DECISION TO CLOSE WORLD'S SECOND LARGEST NUCLEAR MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
Introductions by former Senator Sam Nunn and Harvard's Graham Allison
In Epicenter of Peace, President Nazarbayev explains the horrific experiences and psychological impact of years of nuclear testing on Kazakhstan's citizens. He chronicles the difficult strategic decision to relinquish Kazakhstan's opportunity for superpower status in a region surrounded by nuclear superpowers and emerging nuclear threats.
His dramatic story makes public a national leader's private thoughts affecting the stability of the entire world. The reader is drawn into President Nazarbayev's unwavering personal commitment to lifting the nuclear nightmare for his population and making Central Asia a nuclear-free region.
Available at Hollis Publishing, a division of Puritan Press Inc. Contact: Cathy Faye at Puritan Press, Inc. Tel.: (603) 889-4500 and Fax: (603) 889-6551 or Email: email@example.com.
All proceeds from the realization of this book will be used to benefit the victims of nuclear testing at Semipalatinsk
By Rosemary Righter
The Times (London, UK), July 31, 2002
For 40 years, until 1989, the Soviet Union was secretly exploding nuclear devices in a region that was home to 700,000 people. Rosemary Righter reports from Semipalatinsk on the Cold War's most callous experiment
By Rosemary Righter
The Times (London, UK), August 01, 2002
"In her second dispatch from Kazakhstan, Rosemary Righter reports on a settlement where every family contains, or has buried, victims of radiation poisoning following four decades of Soviet nuclear testing"
By Bruce Pannier
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, August 29, 2001
"Studies of the region indicate higher rates of cancer and other diseases than in most of the rest of the world. Lakes near where the tests were carried out have an eerie glow. Television and photo-journalists traveling in the region, including those from "National Geographic" magazine, have documented shocking images of deformities among the local population. The respected U.S. television news program "60 Minutes" broadcast the image of a baby still-born with a Cyclops-like eye, which became a symbol of just how serious the situation had become in Semipalatinsk".
By Ambassador Kanat Saudabayev of Kazakhstan
USA TODAY, September 10, 2001
"People often forget important anniversaries. On Aug. 29 Kazakhstan marked the 10th anniversary of the closing of the Semipalatinsk nuclear weapon test site. It was the Soviets' main test site on our soil, where almost 500 nuclear explosions were carried out since 1949. With the equivalent of 20,000 Hiroshima bombs, these explosions caused irreparable damage to the health of more than 1.5 million Kazakhstan citizens, blighted lives and rendered vast stretches of land useless for generations."
By Kaisha Atakhanova
Initiative for Social Action and Renewal in Eurasia
"The two months we spent in an expedition to the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing range was one long nightmare. The dying nuclear monster that spread out before us defied all logic. Thousands of our countrymen had been prisoners of the military-industrial complex for 40 years"
Tokyo International Conference on Semipalatinsk
6-7 September, 1999
Kazakhstan News Bulletin, August 27, 2001
"Few people realize today that after the break-up of the Soviet Union Kazakhstan inherited the fourth-largest nuclear arsenal in the world. Instead of joining the ranks of nuclear-weapons states, Kazakhstan, however, chose the path of disarmament and peace, signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and became an active participant of proliferation control processes.
Through the decade of independence Kazakhstan has never strayed from its firm national commitment to the principles of non-proliferation. During that time hundreds of nuclear warheads were moved out of the country, and the testing infrastructure was completely destroyed."
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