The sick heroes of September 11th have long been ignored

September 13, 2021 by archyde

An September 11, 2001, more than 2,700 people died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Even more people lost their health that day: rescue workers, firefighters, police officers, and residents of New York City. Your death comes in installments. This can now be seen, twenty years after two planes sped into the famous twin towers of Manhattan on that September morning with an unusually blue sky. These collapsed in a gigantic cloud of dust that broke into the surrounding streets like a tidal wave. The dust buried people, houses and cars, it crept into buildings, clogged ventilation systems and was stirred up again and again for months. First responders rummaged through the rubble for survivors, the clean-up work took months, and fires burned in the rubble beneath their feet until December.

Johanna Kuroczik

Editor in the “Science” section of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

This dust was poisonous and around 2,000 deaths have been linked to it since then. The extent of the damage to health becomes clear: lung diseases, cancer, depression – 65,000 rescue workers and residents are already ill, mostly from more than one disease. By the summer of this year, more than 112,000 people who had been exposed to the toxic dust for long periods of time had registered with the World Trade Center Health Program.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

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