Read about how our Kite campaign is taking off/ Being a foreigner in Kabul/ News from Kathy Kelly and a report on a new book about the death toll of the war on terror
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Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK

Supporting Non-Violent Afghan Resistance 

Newsletter April 2015

Kite flying events took place up and down the country, from Edinburgh to Bournemouth, peace groups flew kites in solidarity with children who have to live under armed drones. We calculated that, internationally, over 30 groups took part.

Also, in collaboration with Quaker Peace and Social Witness peace education workers, we took part in the initial trials of the Fly Kites Not Drones education resource pack - soon to be available for teachers to download for use in classrooms and youth groups. The pack was trialled in Argyle Primary school, Camden, with 2 classes between the ages of 8 and 11. The results were very exciting, at the end of a 80 minute workshop children voiced their feelings of empathy and sadness for children in Afghanistan; they wished that children in Afghanistan could play safely, and that drone pilots realised the damaged they caused.

We're extremely excited to announce that the pack will be ready for teachers to use by the Autumn term.

Peace groups in the US, Australia and Sweden also took part in the action, as well as the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, who launched the campaign last year.

For photos see @kitesnotdrones #flykitesnotdrones

Fly Kites Not Drones Liverpool
Fly Kites Not Drones Kabul
Being a Peace Visitor in Kabul
by Henrietta Cullinan
I had never considered that part of my own peace activism would be to visit a war torn country. I knew several people who had travelled to Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan. I also knew people who had worked in refugee camps in Syria. It didn’t occur to me that I could undertake such a journey until about a year ago. Read More.
Read Kathy Kelly's latest article from Lexington Prison Camp:
The Storm is Over
Lightning flashed across Kentucky skies a few nights ago. “I love storms,” said my roommate, Gypsi, her eyes bright with excitement. Thunder boomed over the Kentucky hills and Atwood Hall, here in Lexington, KY’s federal prison. I fell asleep thinking of the gentle, haunting song our gospel choir sings: “It’s over now, It’s over now. I think that I can make it. The storm is over now. Read More.

Kathy is due for release next week, thank you for all your support over the last 3 months- Kathy will be visiting the UK in October for a speaking tour.
A recent report (PDF), whose release coincided with the 12th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, draws attention to civilian and combatant casualties in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The study, authored by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and other humanitarian groups, estimates 1.3 million people have so far been killed in the "war on terror".
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