Afghanistan suffers continued effects of wars’ toxins, grantee reveals

Jalalabad River. (Photo: Lynzy Billing)

America’s two-decade military occupation devastated Afghanistan’s environment in ways that may never be fully addressed, Lynzy Billing reported for New Lines magazine. With support from the Fund, Billing found American and allied military forces, mostly other NATO members, repeatedly used munitions that can leave a toxic footprint. These weapons introduced known carcinogens, teratogens and genotoxins – toxic substances that can cause congenital defects in a fetus and damage DNA – into the environment.