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25/06/01 From: Abdu-7yrs, Hamza-11yrs & Ru-14yrs
WE ARE THE CHILDREN
- a Poem about Sally and Corinne-
Sally and Corinne,
No matter what,
-by the Izzidien children
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IRAQ: 1000 miles…1000 untold stories. Walking all over “Smart” sanctions.
Leeds students Corinne Fowler and Sally Entwistle set out today to walk from John O'Groats to Land’s End for a 1,200 mile, 2 month long protest. They will be protesting against the decade long sanctions policy and challenging the new US-backed British proposed changes to the Iraqi sanctions regime. They aim to bring the reality of the new so called "Smart" sanctions to the public's attention. In addition they will be raising money for humanitarian projects in Iraq.
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Day 5: Sunday 25th June 2001
The girls were chased out of their garden camp by a swarm of midges at 5:45am. Despite a long 12 hour trek they failed to reach their day 5 destination - read on to see why ? They are currently kipping in their tents, two miles south of Tane, six miles short of Baderchonmacher....nursing four very swollen and blistered feet. They covered 16 miles today.
(where are you pitched?) Corinne:
We're camping in someone's private wood tonight. Its really peaceful and we're
looking forward to a long night's rest.
DAY 4: Saturday 24th June
-I got through to Sally at 8:00pm this evening. She seemed a bit deflated (very unusual for Sally!)
Sally: We’re still badly hampered by our blisters. We stopped so many times today, for up to half an hour each time.
Corinne: And we’re being bitten to death by midges, they’re all over us!
(Where are you now?) Sally: We’re staying at somebody’s lodge tonight.
(Aah, another night in luxury?!) Sally: No, we’ve been given a corner of the garden. We begged the lady to let us stay but the boss isn’t supposed to know we’re here!
Corinne: The lawn has been freshly cut and its ever so soft to
walk on. A rare moment for our feet!
The campaigning starts for real this week with a series of media interviews lined up for the girls.
The girls would like to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to those of you who have sent them messages of support over the last four days, they are truly appreciated. It can be quite lonely where they are and they’ve told me the messages really give them a lift and put a spring in their step. Messages have been pouring in from all over, including one from an anti-sanctions campaign in Arizona, USA!