MARCH 19, 2003
Peace Team (IPT)
BAGHDAD: Ed Kinane or Michael Birmingham, (+964-1)
717-7440 or 718-8007
CHICAGO: Stephanie Schaudel or Danny Muller, 773-784-8065
4603 Days of Sanctions May Be Ending; New
Phase of War Crime Poised to Begin:
Iraq Peace Team in Baghdad to Mark Transition
Today at 3:00PM
19 - At 3:00PM today, Wednesday, March 19 the Iraq Peace Team
will gather at the lobby of the Al Fanar Hotel on Abu Nuwas Street
(behind Baghdad's Palestine Hotel). >From the Al Fanar they will
solemnly walk to the nearby Flying Carpet Monument (also by the
Palestine Hotel) to mark the likely end of 4603 days of sanctions
and to lament the likely beginning of an accelerated stage in
the U.S. war on Iraq.
The Iraq Peace
Team (IPT), is made up of 27 internationalists from the U.S.,
Canada, Ireland, Australia, Algeria and South Korea. Each is committed
to stay in Baghdad for the duration of any heightened war. Seventeen
IPT members are from the United States.
IPT is a project
of the Chicago-based independent grassroots organization Voices
in the Wilderness. Since 1996 Voices has been working in Iraq
and internationally to end the U.S. sanctions and war against
the people of Iraq. Voices is committed to active nonviolence
and seeks to put a human face on this painfully protracted crisis.
and Voices co-founder Kathy Kelly says, "We have struggled for
years for an end to the genocidal U.S.-imposed sanctions. We profoundly
lament that their likely end will be accompanied by vast destruction
and bloodshed. We mourn for the soul of the United States."
"War isn't beginning; it never ended. Sanctions have left 16 million
Iraqis totally depending on the current government for food rations.
Any breach in the safety net could lead to broad scale epidemics
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