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Dear all, Can I bring your attention to the following action being organised by Voices in the Wilderness UK this weekend. Tom Sampson Christmastime fast against sanctions and war on Iraq 6pm Sat 22 -6pm Sun 23 December 2001, opposite Downing Street, London. Organised by Voices in the Wilderness UK, http://www.viwuk.freeserve.co.uk More info: firstname.lastname@example.org Milan Rai and Matt Barr, recently returned from a sanctions-breaking delegation to Iraq, are fasting against any new war on Iraq and for the lifting of economic sanctions. Matt also participated last month in the Walk for Healing and Peace from Washington DC to New York, led by relatives of victims of 11 September. MESSAGE Dear all Greetings from the 10th Voices in the Wilderness UK delegation to Iraq (via Washington DC and New York)! Matt and I will be writing more about our experiences over the next week or so. For now I would just say that while there are definitely signs of an economic revival - in Baghdad - for the upper classes, the conditions of life for most people continue to be very grim. We saw many cases of severe malnutrition in hospitals in Baghdad and Basra. Our apologies to all Londoners who had been contemplating joining us for an hour or so on Christmas Day - we have decided to move our overnight fast opposite Downing St forward to this weekend. So Matt Barr and I will actually be fasting against war and sanctions on Iraq from 6pm Sat 22 - 6pm Sun 23 December 2001. Passers-by, companions, and thermos flasks of hot water are all very welcome! WHY THE DATE CHANGE? The first and most important reason for the change in date is that when we first had the idea (independently!) of fasting on Christmas Day opposite Downing Street, I got my son's permission to be away on that day. I felt it was hard on Arkady for me to be away in Iraq (with him worrying about bombing) and then to be away on Christmas Day, but he agreed to this plan at first. After some thought, though, he changed his mind. I couldn't refuse. Subsequently we discovered that trains don't run on Boxing Day either, so we would both have been stranded in London for a second day running - a realization that would have made us change our minds all by itself! Once again, apologies to any Londoners who made plans based on our earlier pronouncements! Best wishes Milan Rai (pp Matt Barr) __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts http://uk.my.yahoo.com -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com CASI's website - www.casi.org.uk - includes an archive of all postings.