CHICAGO/TORONTO: Christian Peacemaker Teams announces delegations to Northern Iraq

16 January 2009
CHICAGO/TORONTO: Christian Peacemaker Teams announces delegations to Northern Iraq

DATES: April 15-29 (apply by March 1) and October 14-28 (apply by September 1), 2010.

The Kurds of northern Iraq faced discrimination, terror and death under the regime of Saddam Hussein. After the 1991 Gulf War, they gained a measure of autonomy and safety under U.S. protection. Therefore, as the security situation deteriorated in rest of Iraq following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, thousands of displaced persons fled to the Kurdish Regional Government  (KRG) area in the north, where it seemed safer. However, northern border villages have recently been the site of military attacks by Turkey and Iran.

 As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw in 2010, CPT Iraq plans to monitor the growing tensions between Kurds and Arabs in Iraq.  CPT's delegation will be based in the KRG city of Suleimaniya.  Delegates will meet with representatives of non-governmental organizations, human rights groups, displaced persons, and government officials. They will gain a perspective on the challenges facing people in northern Iraq and the impact there of violence occurring in other areas of Iraq and along the borders of the KRG.

The delegation will participate in the work of CPT's longer-term project of reporting on human rights abuses and supporting local reconciliation efforts. Some physical rigors may be involved.

CPT has had a presence in Iraq since October 2002, first in Baghdad and since November 2006 in the Kurdish north.

FUNDRAISING EXPECTATION: $2900 (U.S.), which includes round-trip airfare from a designated U.S. or Canadian city.  Those planning to travel from other countries, contact the CPT office for more information.

CPT seeks participants who are interested in human rights work, committed to nonviolence and to undoing racism, and willing to participate in team worship and reflection. Delegates should have plans to share about the trip upon return to their home communities and congregations.  Round-trip airfare from a designated U.S. or Canadian city, all on-ground travel, two to three meals a day, simple accommodations, and honorariums and delegation fees are covered.

For more information or to apply, contact CPT, PO Box 6508, Chicago, IL  60680; phone 773-376-0550; fax 773-376-0549; e-mail, or see CPT's website at

 CPT has limited funds available to assist applicants who could not otherwise participate. CPT is committed to undoing racism and will give preference for funding support to applicants from communities disadvantaged by racism.

Contact CPT's delegation coordinator for more information.


 Claire Evans
 Delegation Coordinator
 Christian Peacemaker Teams
 PO Box 6508
 Chicago, IL  60680-6508
 Phone: 773-376-0550, Fax: 773-376-0549