Cathy Breen

Cathy Breen

Cathy Breen co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence (www.vcnv.org).

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Sunday, December 25, 2016 - 11:30pm
Christmas in Karbala
KARBALA Iraq -- It is Christmas day, and I am in Karbala with dear friends. We awoke to a second day of rain, and pictures of flooding, especially in Baghdad, are being shown on TV. Yesterday, on Christmas-eve, several tents caught fire in a camp for the internally displaced near Mosel. As I write...
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Friday, December 23, 2016 - 1:15pm
Signs of Hope in Desperate Times
NAJAF, Iraq—A week has passed since my arrival in Iraq. Once again we come desiring to strengthen the bonds of human friendship, bonds which threaten to break as the opportunities to visit each other become less and less possible. A few days prior to my departure, I attended a Veterans for Peace...
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Friday, October 21, 2016 - 7:30am
'Today Is One of the Heaviest Days of My Life'
I've written often about our Iraqi refugee friend and his oldest son from Baghdad. I will call them Mohammed and Ahmed. They made the torturous flight last year from Baghdad to Kurdistan and then across Turkey. They were on three Greek islands before permission was granted them to continue their...
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 3:30pm
Can We Feel the Heat?
I am travelling as a peace witness in Iraqi Kurdistan. We visited a sheikh whom I had met in Fallujah in 2012. He and his family were forced to flee to Kurdistan about two years ago. Fallujah iis being held by ISIS. None of the residents are allowed to leave. People are dying of starvation. We met...
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Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 7:00am
In Baghdad, Organized Destruction
Two days ago an email came from an Iraqi doctor in Baghdad in response to a brief greeting I sent for the month of Ramadan. “Thanks so much for remembering us…In fact we are the same if not worse. Our hearts are broken at the organized ruining of our country. We are targeted by those criminals and...
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Monday, November 12, 2012 - 1:29pm
Dust-Covered Dreams in Iraq Shattered by War
NAJAF, Iraq—I returned from Baghdad last night. Over coffee this morning, I filled the father of my host family in on my trip. I told him it was wonderful to see everyone, but I only heard sad stories.
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