Melody's Ellsburg interview

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Posted by Lilly from D007004.N1.Vanderbilt.Edu ( on Thursday, December 12, 2002 at 11:48PM :

Found it archived on the web... Thanks to Melody for telling us about this! If you haven't listened to the interview yet, below is an article that was on the same webpage as the link to the Ellsburg interview. To see the page, just use the address given at the beginning of the article.

Peace-marching Canadians cleared to enter Iraq

Last Updated Tue, 10 Dec 2002 18:17:49
AMMAN, JORDAN - Four Canadians on a peace mission to live with Iraqi civilians have obtained visas to enter Iraq and expect to be on their way to Baghdad on Wednesday.


Irene Vandas and Jennifer Ziemann left Vancouver for Iraq last Friday, heading first to Amsterdam, then to Amman before entering Iraq on their way to Baghdad. They will join Irene MacInnes and Linda Morgan, two Vancouver women who left for Amman in November, for the trip to Baghdad.

Ottawa has issued a travel advisory saying this is not a good time to go to Iraq, but Canadians are not prohibited from entering the country.

Vandas and her group work in co-operation with Voice in the Wilderness (VIW), a Chicago-based organization against sanctions on Iraq that has sent 45 groups to Iraq since 1996.

Vandas, 32, told CBC New Online Tuesday her group is known as the Canadian Network To End Sanctions on Iraq (CANESI), which represents about 20 peace groups in Canada. The purpose of the CANESI visit to Baghdad is to demonstrate solidarity with the Iraqi people.

FROM DEC. 5, 2002: Canadians go to Baghdad as 'human shields'

A CBC News Online story last week described the women as "human shields" in the event of a military attack on Iraq. Vandas said Tuesday she and the other members of her group do not want to be called human shields.

"We want to work in solidarity with the people of Iraq, to suffer what they suffer," she said. "We want to collect stories from the Iraqi people and bring them back to Canada."

Vandas is a 32-year-old nurse, Ziemann a 30-year-old Vancouver home-care worker. MacInnes is a Vancouver peace activist and Morgan a founding member of a Vancouver-based campaign to end sanctions against Iraq.

Written by CBC News Online staff

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