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An eyewitness account of the invasion of Iraq
Ruth Russell speaking tour, 17 to 21 July 2003



More information about Ruth's time in Iraq


Ruth Russell, from South Australia, was a human shield in Baghdad for eight weeks earlier this year - including three weeks protecting a humanitarian site during the bombing which began in March.

"I decided to pack my bags and go to Baghdad because I believed this was the strongest statement I could make that this war was both illegal and morally wrong. So my first and most important effort was to speak out to try to prevent war. Right up until the last moment I thought the incredible world opinion and lack of any UN Resolution would work - the people of the world did not want it - only three out of 180 countries supported the US government. When war was declared, I chose to stay at the Taji Food Silo to prevent bombing of this UN designated humanitarian site."

At public meetings in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, Ruth will speak about her experience in Iraq, what she and other human shields saw during the invasion, and show photos taken at the time.

Ruth will also run ‘Peace: the sensible alternative to war’ workshops in Auckland and Wellington.

Ruth’s speaking tour is sponsored by Peace Movement Aotearoa and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). If you are able to assist with the cost of the tour, please send a cheque payable to 'Peace Movement Aotearoa', with a note saying it is for the Ruth Russell tour, to PMA, PO Box 9314, Wellington. A tax deductible receipt will be sent for all donations, so remember to include your name and address. Thank you.


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