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[casi] Peace Walk Across Iraqi Desert (Press Release)


For Immediate Release—May 16, 2002

Sanctions-Defying Walk To Raise Funds For
Cancer-Stricken Iraqi Children “It’s Time To End The
War Against The Iraqi People—Not Escalate It”

Atlanta—On May 22nd, sixteen Americans will journey to
Iraq to begin a six day walk across the desert to
dramatize the need for the US and the international
community to ‘go the extra mile’ in averting the
all-out war threatened by the Bush Administration.
“The 23 million people of Iraq have suffered cruelly
for a dozen years under US bombing and sanctions.  It
time to end this failed policy, not to start a new
war,” says Dr. James. E. Jennings of the Compassion
Iraq Coalition, which is organizing the Walk for
Peace.  “Washington readily spends millions on
defense, but not one cent for diplomacy.  Why not
        The Walk begins May 24th when the delegation will
cross the desert into Iraq at the Jordanian border
carrying signs calling for an end to the
sanctions.  For the next six days they will walk from
the Euphrates River to Baghdad, stopping to meet and
talk with people in the towns of Rutba, Ramadi and
Falluja.  Each walker has received pledges for every
mile walked, with proceeds going to the Pediatric
Oncology ward at the Basra Children’s Hospital.
According to press reports, the Basra region has
experienced a 242% increase in childhood cancers and
leukemia that many experts link to depleted uranium
(DU) contamination resulting from US bombing during
the Gulf War.

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PEACE WALK to Baghdad
The Compassion Iraq Coalition is comprised of
volunteers from a dozen US cities, including Seattle,
Denver, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia,
New York and Boston.   The PEACE WALK  is co-led by
Jennings and Kathy Kelly, a Coordinator of Voices in
the Wilderness U.S. Jennings, President of Conscience
International, led the 2001 Baghdad Airlift, the
first American civilian delegation to fly to Iraq in
defiance of the US/UK imposed so-called “No-Fly Zone.”
 Kelly is widely known as a leader of the
anti-sanctions movement and has led several
humanitarian missions to Iraq.


CONTACT: Compassion Iraq Coalition

After May 17th: Jennifer Horan,
    Cell  617-784-1785


After May 22: Voices in the Wilderness Office:

For additional sanctions-related information go to:

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that this walk takes place and to then disperse the


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