- I received this via email today. It sounds like CPT is taking a very bold move, one that will very possibly result in the sacrifice of their own lives. Whether you agree with them or not, you can’t doubt the strength of their convictions.
February 4, 2003
CHICAGO/TORONTO: CPT announces delegation to Iraq, February 24-March 10, 2003
Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) is recruiting peacemakers to travel to Iraq as the U.S. continues to threaten war with that country. The next delegation, CPT’s fifth since October, is scheduled for February 24-March 10, 2003. Although many uncertainties in the current political climate make plans necessarily tentative, prospective delegates MUST APPLY BY FEBRUARY 11 to provide enough time for visa processing. Applicants must have a valid passport that is free from any indication of travel to Israel.
Delegations will stay in Baghdad or other cities in Iraq. They will visit facilities such as hospitals, schools and markets, and meet with representatives of governmental and non-governmental agencies. In case of a U.S. attack, delegates will strive to be present among people and institutions that support life. An effort will be made to connect with churches in Iraq.
As in all CPT delegations, participants accept the risks to personal safety and uncertainties of travel inherent in being present in a conflict zone. An additional risk for U.S. citizens is that travel to Iraq violates U.S. federal law. In the event that bombing actually starts, travel in and out of Iraq could be difficult or delayed. Delegates should be prepared for the possibility that their term may be extended due to situations beyond the control of organizers.
Minimum age for participants is 21. Cost of the delegation is $2000 US, which includes round-trip airfare to Amman, Jordan, simple accommodations and food, all on-ground travel, and other team support. CPT seeks participants who are interested in human rights work, committed to nonviolence, and willing to participate in team worship and reflection. In addition to contacting media and government officials before travel to Iraq, delegates will be invited to develop plans for sharing about the trip upon return to their home communities and congregations.
For more information or to apply, contact CPT at the address below, or see CPT’s website at: http://www.cpt.org. Fax completed applications to 773-277-0291 or e-mail to guest.76645@MennoLink.org.
Christian Peacemaker Teams is an initiative among Mennonite and Church of the Brethren congregations and Friends Meetings that supports violence reduction efforts around the world. Contact CPT, POB 6508 Chicago, IL 60680; Telephone: 773-277-0253, Fax: 773-277-0291.