Thursday, December 22, 2005

Chechen women suffering from mass illness

A mysterious mass illness has struck the women and girls of Chechnya. More than 70 people have been suffering from breathing problems, headaches, irrational fears, and panic attacks for the past few weeks.

Officials earlier this week were saying they suspected nerve gas. Now, they're changing their story, saying it could be psychological reaction to the 10 years of fighting between Chechen rebels and the Russian Federation.

The war has been fought both in Chechnya and Russia, and has been as nasty as any conflict in human history. Psychological damage to the residents of the region is certainly not out of the question. However, the brutality of the conflict makes the use of chemical weapons by one or both sides a real possibility as well.

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