Will.Whim

A weblog by Will Fitzgerald

Christian Peacemaker Teams

On November 26, four members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams were kidnapped in Iraq by a previously unknown group called the Swords of Righteousness. The CPT team was in Iraq investigating abuses by the occupying forces (they provided some of the first news on Abu Ghraib and other abuse cases in Iraq). Their motto is being “committed to reducing violence by ‘Getting in the way,'” which means putting themselves in dangerous spots just so violence may be reduced because of public pressure, changes of heart, putting on spotlight on abuse, etc. A deadline of December 10 was made by the group holding the workers; obviously, the deadline has long passed, and nothing is really known about how the CPT’ers are faring. I appreciate their fearlessness in going to Iraq, and pray for their safe return.

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