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9th voices uk delegation leaves for Iraq

Dear friends,

The 9th voices uk sanctions-breaking delegation to Iraq will be leaving
Britain tomorrow (see press release below). If you'd like to see them off
they'll be handing in a letter at Downing Street (nearest tube Westminster)
at 11am tomorrow morning (1st August) at 11am.

They will be reporting back on their trip on Friday 17th August at 7.30 pm
at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square (nearest tube Holborn). The talk will be
accompanied by slides and there will also be a sanctions-breaking auction of
locally-purchased goods from Iraq. All welcome.

Finally, don't forget the 11th anniversary March for the People of Iraq (5th
August) and Fast for the People of Iraq (5th - 8th August). Gather 1pm at
Temple Place (nearest tube Embankment) this Sunday for the March to Downing
Street with anti-sanctions balloons. The fast and vigil - which will be on
Whitehall, opposite Downing Street - will start at 6pm on Sunday 5th August
and continue until 6pm on Wednesday 8th August. All welcome, including those
not fasting!

Best wishes,

voices in the wilderness uk


Sunday 29 July: For Immediate release

tel. 0794 7839992 or 07979 211 897


Jo Wilding, who hit the headlines when she launched an anti sanctions rotten
orange at Tony Blair in Bristol in January in protest at sanctions on Iraq,
will head for Iraq this Wednesday 1 August with four other members of anti
sanctions campaign group Voices in theWilderness UK. (1)

The delegates will risk 5 years in a British prison by taking painkillers,
vitamins and children’s shoes with them to Iraq, without applying for an
export licence, the US/ UK backed UN import sanctions on Iraq.

The flight leaves London Heathrow airport Wednesday 1 August at 1805, flight

The other 4 delegates are Jenny Gawain, a marine biology student in Wales,
22, Patricia King, a social worker from London, 54, Hazel Simons, an
archeologist , 36, Alex Higgins, a history student at University College
London, 21.

Jo, a trainee lawyer, 27, said, "When the UN assessed Iraq after the Gulf
slaughter they said that ‘most means of modern life support’ were
destroyed or rendered tenuous’. Eleven years of sanctions have prevented
Iraq ever repairing that situation. Iraqi children need clean drinking
water, they need a functioning electricity grid, they need a functioning
sanitation system. They need their parents to earn money which means
something, they need a health and education system free of the devastating
effects of war and sanctions. Tony Blair and George Bush continue to deny
the Iraqi children, Iraq’s lost generation, a future. That’s why we are
breaking the sanctions."

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