Christian peace activists vow to stay in Iraq

Peacemakers remain despite Tom Fox's death
The North American group Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) says it will continue its work in Iraq despite the murder of one of four team members abducted months earlier.

The body of American Quaker peace activist and CPT member Tom Fox, 54, of Clear Brook, Virginia, was discovered March 9 in Baghdad by U.S. troops. His death was announced the next day.

The peace activist apparently had been tortured before his death, officials said. No reason has been given for his murder. “Our work continues,” Kryss Chupp, a spokesperson for the organization, said in a later interview.

The fate of the other three male team members remains unknown. Chupp said CPT will remain in Iraq “to greet our missing team members when they are released.”

She said that despite Fox’s murder, the organization remains hopeful that the other three—Norman Kember, 74, of Great Britain and James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, both of Canada—will be released.

 

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