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[casi] First UK member of Iraq peace team departing Sunday

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              Press release December 11th 11:00 for immediate release
                              Voices in the Wilderness UK
                              0845 4582564/ 0794 783 9992

First UK member of Iraq peace team departing Sunday

Stops off at Downing Street and USAF Fairford first....

Matt Barr, Voices in the Wilderness UK member, heads for Iraq Sunday 15 December 11.45 am, the 
first British person to join the Iraq Peace Team (

Matt, an art student (22) from Chichester, will call at Downing Street on Friday 13th December 
12:00 to hand in a message to Tony Blair.

On December 14th, the day before he leaves, Matt will join activists at USAF Fairford (base for 
USAF B1, B2 and B52 bombers) in Gloucester for a mass citizen's weapons inspection. 
( While there Matt will see some of the bombers which may be bombing Iraq while he 
is out there.

Matt will spend 2 weeks in Iraq, expected to return 31st December.
Matt visited Iraq in December 2001 on a sanctions breaking delegation, a visit that carried a risk 
of 5 years in prison in the UK. He is an art student, aged 22.

Matt said, "While in Iraq we will visit the people in the firing line, and witness the devastating 
effects of the last war and the effect of comprehensive economic sanctions, a weapon of mass 
destruction that UNICEF says has contributed to the deaths of 500,000 children." (3)

Members of the Iraq peace team have been in Iraq since September this year, many plan to remain in 
Iraq in the event of the anticipated US military onslaught.

Call Voices UK on 0845 458 2564/ 0794 7839992.

Voices US on (00)1 773 784 8065

Contact matt in Iraq at the Al Fanar Hotel Tel: 718 8007, 717 2833
 Fax: 719-4907
(1)   London Heathrow Terminal 3 11.45 am Turkish Airlines flight 1980N. Returning 31 December, due 
in 10.30 am, LHR T3.
(2)   Iraq Peace Team, an international team working to prevent an escalation of the current war 
against Iraq. He will join over 30 members of the peace team in Baghdad, most of them American 
(3)   UNICEF Child and Maternal Mortality Survey August 1999.

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