Archive - Feb 5, 2009

Prayers for Peacemakers, Thu., Feb. 05, 2009


Pray for Canada's Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, established to document the truth of 100 years of attempts at forced assimilation. All the commissioners have resigned, delaying the start of the first such process in the global North.

Doug Pritchard
Christian Peacemaker Teams
Toronto, Canada

IRAQ: No Voting for Thousands of Iraqi Kurds


The mood was one of celebration. Iraqis in the northern Diyala province city of Khanaqin crowded into polling centers on provincial election day, 31 January 2009. Many dressed in their best Kurdish or Arab traditional clothing or wrapped in flags. "We are happy to express our democracy," several told us after voting, showing their purple tipped fingers.

As international independent election observers, CPT Iraq team members visited three polling sites. At each place, voting procedures seemed efficient, and workers seemed helpful and fair. We saw no threatening behavior on the part of Khanaqin police who guarded the sites and searched people going in. But not everyone walked out happy or with purple fingers.