Depleted uranium is a waste product of the uranium enrichment process, used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons and nuclear reactor fuel. Once exposed it stays in the environment for up to 400 million years.
DU becomes internalized through inhalation, ingestion and contact with the skin.
Alpha radiation inside the body is the most potent carcinogenic agent known to science – twenty times more damaging than x-rays or gamma rays, causing cancerous diseases, congenital anomalies and malignancies.
DU use is not an issue known or spoken about outside of the military, and there is very little understanding of it or consequences of using the DU weapons.
There are short interviews with Dr. Hamdan, Dean of Basrah Medical school, Dr. Hassan, Head of Oncology, Laura Bush Hospital, Dennis Haliday, former UN humanitarian coordinator, outlining some of these issue in the documentary.
via What Is Depleted Uranium? Why Should It Be Banned From Use In Military Weapons? US, UK, France And Israel Are The Only 4 Countries Opposing Global DU Weapons Ban, And They Are Also Largest Exporters Of DU Weapons | A Green Road Journal