On November 26, 2005, Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) members Tom Fox and Jim Loney along with delegation members Norman Kember and Harmeet Sooden were kidnapped in Iraq. Tom Fox was killed on March 9, 2006. Jim, Norman and Harmeet were freed two weeks later on March 23 after 118 days of captivity.
The kidnapping of these four peacemakers was like a rock thrown into a pond.This collection describes the ripples on the water.
And it's now available for purchase, and at a pre-launch discount at that. Visit 118days.org to order.
And why does this book belong on a blog about at-Tuwani? Well, those are Tuwani kiddos on the cover at one of the demonstrations the village had calling for the release of our teammates. Honestly, though, I feel very sad writing about this situation. Merfat, the smiling girl in the center of the photo, died recently and it's impossible to think about the kidnapping without thinking about Tom. So many people were impacted by the terrible events that this book describes. Still, the book claims to be filled with "stories characterized by hope, courage, friendship, and forgiveness."
I still haven't read it and since I'm heading to Palestine very soon, I don't think that I'll be able to. But if any one you do and would like to write a review, I'll publish it here! Don't be shy!