Magazine article Anglican Journal

Freed Hostage Felt 'Entombed' in Iraq

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Freed Hostage Felt 'Entombed' in Iraq

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Freed Canadian peace activist James Loney referred to the Easter story when he likened his four-month captivity in Iraq to being entombed.

"My captivity and rescue have helped me to catch a glimpse of how powerful the force of resurrection is," he wrote in an essay published April 15 in the Toronto Star. He and fellow hostages Canadian Harmeet Singh Sooden and Briton Norman Kember were held in a 10-foot by 10-foot room, handcuffed and chained except for bathroom breaks. They were freed by multinational forces in late March. A fellow hostage, Tom Fox, an American, had been killed earlier. The four members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams were abducted by a group that "wanted money to fund their war against the occupation of Iraq," Mr. Loney wrote.

However, he said, Christ teaches us that "violence itself is the tomb," and reaching out to others is the answer.

At a news conference shortly after he returned to his hometown of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Mr. Loney reaffirmed his advocacy for peace saying that his decision to go to Iraq in January 2003, shortly before the U.S. invasion, was triggered by the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan, who was a friend of a friend. …

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