One of the untold stories of the war in Iraq is the millions of refugees who have fled their country, with no idea what their future may hold.
Kathy Kelly describes a typical refugee camp home for an Iraqi family in Syria.
Speaking at at the Oddfellows Hall, 545 Pacific Avenue in Santa Rosa, on Wednesday, September 24th at 7 pm, renowned activist Kathy Kelly (center) reports on her recent visit with Iraqi refugees in Amman, Jordan. Highlights of her trip include learning about nonviolence groups operating in Iraq and the efforts of Americans to support these and other Iraqis as they struggle to build a productive and peaceful future. Reflecting on her participation in a peace walk from Chicago to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Kathy will also talk about "war and memory," drawing parallels with collective resistance to other wars, and reminding us of our connections across regions, national boundaries, and generations. The event is being hosted by the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County.
David Smith-Ferri, Kathy's friend and author of Battlefield Without Borders, will open with a reading of new poems.
The huge number of displaced people, and the shortage of resources to aid them is creating a social disaster that Kelly says will take a generation or longer to repair.
Kelly has visited Iraq 24 times, and she continues to share her experience and vast knowledge on the economical and living situation for the people of Iraq. To see more about her previous presentations, click here.
For more information about Kathy Kelly and her work with Voices for Creative Nonviolence, click here.