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Hostage in Iraq

By Norman Kember

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With Canadians Jim Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden and American Tom Fox, Norman Kember spent four months imprisoned in a small room in Baghdad. The team had gone to Iraq as Christian Peacemakers, determined to work for peace in a war-torn country.
In this gripping book, Norman Kember describes his long experiences with the peace movement, and how he slowly came to the view that he should go with other peace advocates to Iraq. He describes in detail his team's four-month ordeal, during which they were imprisoned in a small room and chained together until the fateful day when American Tom Fox was led away by his captors. Later, they learned that he had been killed.

Rescued by British forces after a successful international police effort to discover the hideout, Kember describes the conflicts he and his fellow activists have faced since their return over their opposition to military force and their reluctance to testify at the trials of the men accused of their kidnapping.

This book offers a startling new perspective on the war in Iraq and its many opponents.

Norman Kember was born in 1931. At Sunday School he was inpired by stories of Christians who undertook hazardous missions overseas, and as a young research scientist he discovered the writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor hanged by the Gestapo in April 1945 for his participation in the resistance movement. With his wife Pat he joined the Ban the Bomb march to Aldermaston in 1959, and they were both active campaigners for nuclear disarmament in the 1980s. After retiring as Professor of Biophysics at St. Bartholemew's Hospital School of Medicine, Kember became a full-time voluntary worker with Christian peace movements, including the Baptist Peace Fellowship, the Catholic peace organization Pax Christi, and the inter-church Fellowship of Reconciliation.
In March 2005 he attended a day's workshop about Christian Peacemaker Teams, who place violence-reduction teams in crisis situations and militarized areas around the world at the invitation of local peace and human rights workers. His decision to join the group led to his kidnapping in Iraq. He lives with his wife in England.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 224 pages
Publication Date: 15th November 2007
ISBN: 9781550289992
Format: 9in x 6in
Black & white photos

BISAC Code:  BIO026000, POL034000, POL035000, POL037000
Imprint: Lorimer


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