Excessive exposure to tear gas has been demonstrated to cause miscarriage in pregnancy, and infants are particularly susceptible to the side effects of tear gas, which can be fatal in instances. Unfortunately, in Bahrain, many families have lost their young and unborn babies through exposure to tear gas.
On Thursday, June 21, a demonstration was held in Bahrain to bring attention to this tragic development. However, the demonstration was not met with sympathy. The protesters were fired on with tear gas and stun grenades. During the clash, even two press photographers, one from Associated Press, were temporarily detained by riot police.
For the past two years, tear gas has been used against Bahrainis in a number of ways — much of it indiscriminate and excessive. It has been used against protesters, fired into neighborhoods, and even propelled directly into homes. The BICI report stated that Bahrain’s police used a disproportionate amount of CS gas when dispersing protests, and that in a number of situations, police fired CS gas into private homes in an “unnecessary and indiscriminate” manner.
Physicians for Human Rights has also chronicled the use — or should we say, the misuse, of tear gas — and resulting fatalities. Many deaths have resulted from inhalation, or through injuries sustained by being struck by the projectiles.
Although the Kingdom has pledged to pursue the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission, very little in the way of true reform has taken place, and the use of excessive tear gas continues unabated.
We’ve been provided with a list of names of infants and unborn children by ea_as on Twitter, and list them here.
We mourn their passing, and we send wishes of sympathy to their families.
Fadak Mushaima from Al Dihe
Hawra Mohamed from Sanabis
Fatima Al Samie from jidhafs
Ali Badah (he was named like his martyr brother Ali Badah, from Sitra)
Hussein Sabeel from Sitra
Sajida Jawad from Al blad Al qadeem
Yahya Youssef from RAS Rumman
Fatima Abbas from Adarei
Batool Mohammed from Sanad
Hadil Mohamed from Sarr
Yasser Mehdi from Karrana
Reda Hani from Almaamer
Sayed Hussein Sayed Ahmed from Sanabis
If you have updates or corrections to this list, please let us know.
The Bahrain Coordinating Committee deplores the use of tear gas by government forces against the residents of Bahrain, and joins international human rights organizations in calling for its immediate cessation.