Wednesday, November 30, 2005

BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Profile: Christian Peacemaker Teams

BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | Profile: Christian Peacemaker Teams: "In an interview with the BBC News website in December 2004, Peggy Gish, a CPT member, described how she spent 13 months on the ground listening to stories of Iraqi men and women who claim they had been wrongfully imprisoned, tortured and beaten by the occupying forces.

CTP member in Hebron
The CPT (whose members often wear red hats) has been active in the West Bank for a decade
'We heard about very violent house raids in the middle of the night, in which US soldiers would storm in, and if the men did not get down immediately, they would knock them down and beat them,' Ms Gish said.

After collating the claims, CPT posted them on US and Canadian websites and urged people to lobby government officials.

CPT members also aim to find out what everyday life is like for ordinary Iraqis. Before his departure to Iraq, Briton Norman Kember - who is being held by a previously unknown militant group, The Swords of Truth - told a Christian radio station that he was hoping to meet ordinary Iraqis of various backgrounds and hear their stories."

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