For Whom the Bells Do Not Toll
Testimony presented at the World Uranium HearingBy Xavier Dias
Poison Fire, Sacred Earth,
TESTIMONIES, LECTURES, CONCLUSIONS,THE WORLD URANIUM HEARING, SALZBURG 1992
Technology has made many things possible today, and it has also madeit possible that the victims of technology cannot testify or prove technologyaccountable for its destruction. . . .
They say the road to hell is pavedwith good intentions. Here it's good intentions creating a hell. The extrauranium ore is used to mantle roads and houses and other things. . . .
Heis Dikhu Murmu(?), a person who's worked for 25 years in the underground,and he did not know what is being mined. He couldn't pronounce the worduranium -- you should hear it on the tape. He has skin abnormalities, stomachproblems, and the company has not told him anything about his ailment. By theway, when I interviewed two doctors who refused to speak on tape, who workfor the Uranium Corporation hospital, they said that they are unaware of anyradioactivity cases. Secondly, what they said was, when I asked them whathappens to the blood samples, the biopsies, the results of all that, they said, allthose results are taken and sent to the Bhabha Atomic Research Center inBombay, and those results of the blood tests on patients are never shown to theconcerned doctors nor to the patients. It all goes under the Official Secrecy Act.Probably our government would be afraid that if Pakistan comes to know aboutthe effects of radioactivity they could attack us.
Xavier S. Dias
Xavier S. Dias, Village Duccasi, Bihar, India. Co-founder of Jharkhandis Organization for Human Rights.
espectedElders, Brothers, Sisters! I bring you greetings from the peopleof Jharkhand, the central tribal areas of India.