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Monday, December 5, 2016
Vigils and appeals for abducted peace workers
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¬†Christians and Muslims, peace organisations, friends and supporters of Norman Kember, the British peace activist, and his coleagues Tom Fox, Harmeet Singh Sooden and James Loney, abducted in Iraq, will hold a silent, candlelit prayer vigil this evening on the steps of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, central London. The vigil will take place from 6-7pm. There will be prayers for the kidnapped peace activists tonight at the Taizť Prayer Light in our Darkness at St Dominic's Priory London NW5 at 7.30pm. For more information and news of events in your area see: www.paxchristi.org.uk Other initiatives British peace activist Anas Altikriti flew to Iraq yesterday in an affeort to seek the release of the four. He told the BBC the mission was "far from safe or guaranteed". Mr Altikriti, who is of Iraqi origin, said he had agreed the trip with the group of Christian peace activists with which Mr Kember had been working in Iraq. Al-Jazeera yesterday ran an appeal by Palestinian Muslims for the release of the four abducted peaceworkers in Iraq. "We demand that these aid workers be released immediately," said Mufti Ikrema Sabri, the Palestinians' top Muslim clergyman. "We tell them that these aid workers have stood beside Palestinian people, and it's our duty now to stand beside them." Sabri said Islam opposes taking civilians hostage and said such kidnappings are inhumane. Palestinians in several towns said they had worked with the three activists and asked Sabri to issue the appeal. Source: Pax Christi
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