During a conference held by “El Moudjahid” daily forum, in coordination with Association Machaal Echahid Association on the occasion of the commemoration of the 58th anniversary of French nuclear tests in Algeria, Vice President of “Taourirt” Association, which defends the victims of these tests, Abdelkrim Touhami advocated “the declaration of 13 February as a national day of the victims of these explosions.”
Touhami called to clean up the areas contaminated by these tests through and delineate the landfills of the rest of these explosives that pollute the environment. He also underlined the need to collaborate with French authorities which must provide Algeria with the data related to these tests.
The list of diseases resulting from these tests must be drawn up to treat patients, said Touhami.
Moreover, he urged French authorities to train Algerian doctors so that they diagnose and treat these illnesses.
For his part, President of “El Amel” Association for assistance to cancer patients Ketab Hamida stressed the need to draft a special plan for early cancer detection in the areas affected by these tests and carry out studies on the ground in light of the increase in the number of cancer patients in these regions, particularly in Reggane (province of Adrar).
The National Coordinator of the victims of French nuclear tests in Algeria Mohamed Mahmoudi advocated the inclusion of these tests in school curricula to raise the awareness of generations of the crimes committed by the French colonial forces. He also called relevant authorities to declare 13 February a national day of the victims of these tests.
In order to conduct these nuclear tests, France decided to make the Algerian south an experimental land. The first explosion took place in Reggane on 13 February 1960 with a power ranging from 60,000 to 70,000 tonnes of TNT.
This bomb, which is five times more powerful than that of Hiroshima, led to massive destruction and continues to cause casualties.