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Commentary :: International
BTL:Christian Peacemaker Team Criticizes Military Detention of Thousands of...
13 Mar 2004
Modified: 02:17:48 AM
... Men in Iraq * Interview with Kara Speltz, member of the Christian Peacemaker Team, conducted by Between the Lines' Melinda Tuhus
Christian Peacemaker Team Criticizes Military Detention of Thousands of Men in Iraq

Interview with Kara Speltz, member of the Christian Peacemaker Team, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

Since 1984, faith-based Christian Peacemaker Teams have borne non-violent witness in wartorn countries around the world. The slogan of the group is "committed to reducing violence by getting in the way." Peacemaker Teams have had a presence in Iraq since before the U.S. invasion one year ago. They observe and report especially on the impact of war on civilians.

Kara Speltz, who lives in Oakland, Calif., went to Iraq with a Christian Peacemaker Team last year, and she returned there for a 10-day visit in late February and early March this year. Among other things, her group visited the Shi'ite shrine in Karbala which a week later was the site of a deadly bombing. On Ash Wednesday they began a rotating 40-day lenten fast and vigil for peace in Freedom Square in downtown Baghdad.

Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus spoke with Kara Speltz, who talks about what she observed while in Iraq and the stories her team heard in the embattled Sunni Triangle from family members whose men were taken prisoner by U.S. soldiers.

Contact the Christian Peacemaker Team at (773) 277-0253 or visit their website at

Related links:

"The Torture Files," by Ben Ehrenreich, LA Weekly, Feb. 6-12, 2004

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