Studying Survivors

Decades after the Iran-Iraq war, Iran provides rare testing grounds for the long-term impact of chemical attacks that killed 5000 Iranians and sickened more than 100,000, according to Iran's Foundation of Martyrs and Veterans Affairs.

A dozen research centers in Iran are studying the effects of sulfur mustard—which causes severe blisters and chronic obstructive lung disease—on survivors. A similar study of thousands of nerve agent survivors in Iran may follow.

56,000 Iranians still living with the symptoms of mustard attacks provide “a unique opportunity” to study the impact of chemical weapons and develop antidotes, writes Richard Stone.

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