September 27, 2010

THE SHARED CAUSE:

Iraqi women embrace American mothers of war dead (AP, Sep 26, 2010)

Nine American mothers whose children died fighting in Iraq were embraced on Sunday by dozens of Iraqi women who lost their own children during decades of war and violence in a meeting participants said brought them a measure of peace.

The gathering in Iraq's mostly peaceful northern Kurdish region was far from the sites of the roadside bombings or battlefields thataccounted for the vast majority of the more than 4,400 US military deaths since the 2003 invasion, but it was a powerful experience for some mothers to even step foot in Iraq.

Some kissed the ground during their arrival yesterday. [...]

The beginning of the Americans' three-day trip - organized by a Virginia-based women's aid group, Families United Toward Universal Respect - was attended by officials from State Department and Kurdish regional government.

Nawal Akhil, deputy chief of the group's Baghdad office, said the goal was to "talk about their suffering to find a way to ease it."

"We share the same ordeals and suffering - the American mothers who lost their children and the Iraqi mothers who lost their loved ones during the Saddam Hussein-era and in the violence since 2003," said Akhil.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at September 27, 2010 6:22 AM
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