Exhibition protests use of depleted-uranium weapons
ORGANISERS of an exhibition of works by a Japanese anti-nuclear photojournalist at Fingal Head this week showing the effects of depleted-uranium weapons on Iraqi children hope it will raise awareness of the controversial issue.
Thirty large, framed black-and-white photos by Hiroshima-born Takeshi Morizumi, entitled Children of the Gulf War, will be on display at the Sheoak Shack Gallery at Fingal Head from today till Sunday 11am-5pm.
The touring exhibition will be officially opened at 6pm on Friday by former United States Air Force medic Danielle Purcell, of Brunswick Heads, who served in the 1991-92 Gulf War and has battled a serious illness related to the use of depleted-uranium.
At 7pm on Friday, award-winning Brunswick Heads filmmaker David Bradbury will screen his documentary Blowin' In The Wind, which details some of the horrors of the use of depleted uranium weapons, followed by live music by one of this year's Byron Blues Festival performers, Juzzie Smith.
Organisers Jan O'Reilly, of Fingal, and Anne Chesher, of Cudgen, said they were moved by the touring photo display when it was shown at the recent Woodford Folk Festival and decided to bring it to the Tweed in a bid to raise local awareness of the use of depleted uranium.
The two women are members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. - LUIS FELIU