Five people have died in Grand Isle that had no health problems prior to oil disaster says top official for non-profit


Sick Gulf Residents Beg Officials for Help, Dahr Jamail for Inter-Press Service, January 14, 2011:

Stephen Bradberry, executive director of the Alliance Institute, a non-profit that provides community organising support in the Gulf South, worries that the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is not accepting health claims, thus leaving sick residents unable to work and without any income to pay their medical bills.

"There is bruising and skin lesions, not just with clean-up workers, these are residents not involved in the clean-up," Bradberry told IPS. "Just yesterday I learned of five people on Grand Isle who passed away…people who did not have health problems prior to this. Nevertheless, there has not been any talk of monitoring of these communities."

Bradberry, who also attended the forum on Wednesday, also said, "We need a separate health task force that can focus solely on testing, monitoring, and studying the long-term health issues from exposure to crude and dispersants. And this needs to happen now."

"In 2005, Mrs. Ethyl Kennedy and Senator Edward Kennedy presented Bradberry with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award" - Alliance Institute

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