Friday, April 21, 2006


Negative commentary on the freeing of Norman Kember and two other activists in Iraq has detracted from a serious public consideration of the role of Christian Peacemaker Teams in situations of conflict, Simon Barrow, director of the UK think tank Ekklesia, told Vatican Radio today.

Speaking to interviewer Linda Bordoni on an English-language programme called ‘People Making Peace’ (21.50; again Sunday 22 April at 07.00, then available online for a week), Barrow said that civilian groups working closely with humanitarian networks and disavowing armed protection are taking a risk – but it is one which can build trust and cooperation in a way that the armed forces cannot. More.

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