Archive - Jun 21, 2010

IRAQ: “We just want peace”

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An urgent plea echoed among residents of the Makhmur refugee camp in northern Iraq with whom CPT met recently, “We just want peace.”  The United Nations established the camp in 1998 to provide refuge to the family members and relatives of the PKK who lived in the Kurdish villages of southeastern Turkey.  Outside of the building in which CPTers met with the families, there was a statue of a woman carrying a baby.  When CPTers asked about the statue’s meaning, people told us, “They died while fleeing from the Turkish army.  We tried to stay in six places before Makhmur.  It was winter and many people froze, dying on the way.”