Magazine article New Internationalist

Voices in the Wilderness [the Sanctions Busters]

Magazine article New Internationalist

Voices in the Wilderness [the Sanctions Busters]

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They call themselves 'Voices in the Wilderness'. Their aim is to draw attention to the plight of the Iraqi people by breaking the sanctions; taking medical supplies and toys to Iraq and hand-delivering them to children's hospitals.

They do so despite the risk of prosecution -- the maximum penalty is five years' imprisonment in Britain and 12 years plus a million dollars in fines in the US. Voices in the US has already been threatened with such a fine. On 3 December 1998, the US Treasury Department informed the organization of its intention to impose $163,000 in penalties for breach of sanctions. They had 30 days to pay, although to date nothing has happened.

I met the latest delegation -- two Americans and three Brits -- in a hotel in downtown Baghdad. The lobby reeked of petrol; cheaper than water and less precious, it was being used to clean the floor.

Andrea Needham, from the British delegation, explains how they work. 'We always make it very public that we are going to Iraq to break sanctions. We delivered a letter to the Prime Minister before leaving explaining exactly what we were going to do. …

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