Friday, September 01, 2006


Iraq ordeal was not in vain, says Kember
Number: 5835 Date: Sep 1

By Matt Cresswell

EX-IRAQI CAPTIVE Norman Kember has talked openly about his four month imprisonment in the Middle East and insisted the ordeal had not been in vain. Speaking to a packed auditorium at the Greenbelt festival on Monday he told listeners how his Christian Peacemaker Team was captured last November and thrown into a guarded house outside the safe Iraqi ‘green zone.’

In an interview with Canon Lucy Winkett, of St Paul’s Cathedral, Kember explained how his fellow captives kept themselves sane while chained hands and feet to chairs. At times he said some of them felt suicidal. “It’s difficult to commit suicide when you’re handcuffed,” he said. “But I thought when I get back to Pinner I’ll do something about it. It was then that I realised that I had some hope.”

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