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~~~HEART-WRENCHING HIGHWAY 101 BILLBOARD CALLS FOR THE END OF IRAQ SANCTIONS~~~ THOUSANDS OF SAN FRANCISCO COMMUTERS TO SEE HUMAN FACE OF U.S. POLICY ON IRAQ On August 28, a billboard calling attention to the destructive human impact of the sanctions on Iraq will go up at one of the Bay Areašs most heavily traversed stretches of Highway 101, above Grand Avenue exit just south of San Francisco. The paid advertisement features the face of a four year old girl with the statement, "Sanctions are destroying my generation," along with a quote from UNICEF reports stating that 5,000 Iraqi children die every month as a direct result of the sanctions on Iraq. A press conference, announcing the debut of the billboard, will be held at the Iraqi Center at 10:30 AM, August 28. The press conference, presented by the sponsor of the billboard, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), San Francisco Chapter, will include comments by Hala Maksoud, national president of the ADC. Ten years after crippling UN sanctions were first imposed on Iraq, the continued policy of sanctions has proved to be, according to the most recent UN report, a "humanitarian disaster comparable to the worst catastrophes of the past decades." The billboard comes amid a growing international movement to end the sanctions on Iraq. Recently, hundreds of protesters in San Francisco and thousands more in Washington D.C and Los Angeles called upon US political leaders to change the policy that has, according to UN reports, resulted in over one million deaths in Iraq. Former UN humanitarian coordinators Denis Halliday and Hans Von Sponeck both resigned in protest of the santions that have brought starvation, sickness, and death to an entire generation of Iraqi civilians. Statements by the Vatican, former UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter, and international human rights organizations have also echoed the growing concern that the sanctions on Iraq are ineffective and inhumane. To download image of billboard, visit: http://www.endthesanctions.org -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi