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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Christian Peacemakers expelled from Iraq
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¬†Seven members of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) together with five other foreigners were expelled from Iraq on Saturday. They left Baghdad at 9.30am local time in three vehicles and arrived at the Jordanian border at 6:00pm local time. The CPT members are Peggy Gish, 60, Cliff Kindy, 53; Weldon Nisly, 57, Betty Scholten, 69; Kara Speltz, 65; Jonathon and Leah Wilson-Hartgrove, both 22 ≠ all US citizens. The group said they had been asked to leave because bombs had fallen so close to their hotel. They said the house of their government 'minder' was been bombed on Friday. On their journey from Baghdad to the border, one of their taxis blew a tyre on the highway and rolled into a ditch injuring three people. They were taken to a children's hospital nearby, but said it had been bombed and so they were transferred to a secondary clinic where they received immediate attention from medical staff. "These Iraqis, whose hospital had just been destroyed, graciously dressed our wounds and gave us medicine their very limited supply," Kindy said. Upon reaching the Jordanian border, Nisly was taken by ambulance to Amman where he remains hospitalized with possible broken bones. Kindy reported that the nine members of CPT who remain in Baghdad are continuing their peace ministry which includes visiting hospitals, clinics, orphanages, churches and mosques. Since the outbreak of the war, the team has paid visits to families in ten different neighbourhoods whose homes were bombed, including a young man, just married, whose wife was decapitated by a missile strike on their wedding night. CPT lost direct phone and e-mail communication with the Baghdad team two days ago when bombs destroyed a major Iraqi communications facility. Christian Peacemaker Teams is an initiative of the Mennonites, Brethren, and Quakers with support and membership from Catholic and Protestant denominations.
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