Uploaded 28 November 2001
Members of the Justice not Vengeance
group delivered a package of well over 3,500 signatures on the
Petition to Clare Short at the Department for International Development,
on Thursday 22 November. The following letter was included:
A matter of conscience
FOOD NOT BOMBS
A matter of survival
To the Rt Hon Clare Short
Secretary of State for International Development
Department for International Development
22nd November 2001
We enclose a petition originated by ARROW (Active Resistance to
the Roots of War) and signed by 3,109 people from all around the
With the Taliban having now fallen, removing what the government
claimed was one of the main obstacles to getting food to the 2.5
million Afghanis on the brink of starvation, why has the government
still not drastically stepped up efforts to distribute food in Afghanistan?
Oxfam estimated last week that these 2.5 million people will have
no food by the end of December.
With so little time left to avert a human tragedy of such horrifying
proportions, the governments complacency shows where its priorities
lie: war first, people second.
We call on you as the Minister for International Development to
put your (well fed) energy into ensuring that food aid is securely
delivered to the starving people of Afghanistan as an urgent first
Three thousand one hundred and nine petitioners
Justice not Vengeance/ARROW
(56k) & petition
(64k) are available in in PDF format
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