Shooting ranges, barracks, military establishments: all unsafe places, where highly toxic substances are used or stored. These are dangerous places for soldiers but also, in the case of shooting ranges, for the people living in the surrounding areas. According to the Military Observatory (the independent Italian body that monitors the safety and health protection of the military and civilians affected by the activities of the armed forces), 7,600 soldiers have fallen ill due to exposure to depleted uranium.
In the face of this disturbing figure, the lawyer Angelo Tartaglia of the Observatory, which pursues legal recourse on behalf of victims of poisons, has won only 76 favorable rulings. Seventy-six stories that can be read in a precious book, recently published by David & Matthaus, “Military uranium.” It was written by journalist Mary Tagliazucchi along with Domenico Leggiero, a former Air Force pilot, coordinator of the Military Observatory and consultant of the parliamentary inquiry committee on depleted uranium.
But these stories are the tip of an underground world where carelessness, levity, non-compliance with military rules and laws cause suffering and death.