An blog by a member of the Catholic peace movement, Pax Christi, to explore the nexus between contemplation and resistance. "The Christian must discover in contemplation, and in the giving of his life, those symbolic actions which will ignite the people's faith to resist injustice with their whole lives, lives coming together as a united force of truth and thus releasing the liberating power of the God within them." - James Douglass, Contemplation and Resistance.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Medical Personnel Tied and Beaten

"The wounded and sick must be collected and cared for by the party to the conflict which has them in its power. Medical personnel and medical establishments, transports and equipment must be spared." - International Committee of the Red Cross.

"They [Al-Jazeera] report today that Asma Khamis al-Muhannadi, a doctor who witnessed the U.S. and Iraqi National Guard raid the general hospital, said, 'We were tied up and beaten despite being unarmed and having only our medical instruments.'

She said the hospital was targeted by bombs and rockets during the initial siege of Fallujah, and troops dragged patients from their beds and pushed them against the wall.

She continued on, "I was with a woman in labor," she said. "The umbilical cord had not yet been cut. At that time, a U.S. soldier shouted at one of the [Iraqi] National Guards to arrest me and tie my hands while I was helping the mother to deliver. I will never forget this incident in my life." - " Dogs Eating Bodies in the Streets of Fallujah", Dahr Jamail, Nov. 16, 2004.


1 comment:

gratefulbear said...

I just found this weblog today, through a link on the Pax Christi Atlanta website. I am a convener of the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Atlanta Chapter, and a friend of the Pax Christi folks here in Atlanta. Would it be OK with you if I put a link to your weblog on the EPF Atlanta website? You are doing a remarkable job gathering information about this war that I haven't seen anywhere else.

many blessings,
Darrell Grizzle
EPF Atlanta: http://www.epf.homestead.com
Blog of the Grateful Bear: http://wildfaith.blogspot.com/