"Eyewitness 10 Years Later: What Iraqis are Saying"
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Eyewitness 10 Years Later: What Iraqis are SayingOn March 19, exactly 10 years since the US invasion of Iraq, an ignoble anniversary was marked by a talk in Portland. Cathy Breen of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, who spent six weeks in Iraq in October and November 2012, spoke in the Eliot Chapel at First Unitarian Church. That talk is captured on these shows, Flying Focus Video Bus episodes #88.4&5.
Breen's solo visit to Iraq was her first in nine years and brought word of the conditions of the country after being invaded, occupied and wracked with violence. She presented photos and stories to bring the humanity of ordinary Iraqis to the audience. Stories and photos about the deteriorated infrastructure-- water, electricity, and hospitals-- are a stark reminder that 13 years of sanctions and 10 years of war left the country in ruins. (Note: Some of the photos were not included in the video at Ms. Breen's request.)
Cathy Breen lives and works at one of the Catholic Worker houses of hospitality in NY City. Breen went to Iraq in Fall of 2002 with Voices in the Wilderness as part of the Iraq Peace Team, staying for over five months including through the "Shock and Awe" bombing campaign led by the U.S. She returned to Iraq in late 2003 for another three month visit. Since 2006, she has spent time in Jordan and Syria witnessing and advocating for Iraqi refugees of the aftermath of the US invasion.
"Eyewitness 10 Years Later: What Iraqis are Saying" was taped by sometime FFVC collaborator Joe Anybody and edited by Dan Handelman. Streaming on line courtesy of Joe Anybody. and donations from Peace and Justice Works Iraq Affinity Group's Jan Bone Memorial Fund and two individuals.
Part 1 (25:56):
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Part 2 (24:29):
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