Widowsweave is an awareness raising series of performances highlighting the conditions of Iraqi Widows who often struggle to acquire even basic necessities such as clean water or adequate shelter. Through artistic durational activities the artist and public participants mark 3,000,000 lines representing the number of Iraqi widows from 30 years of war, tyranny and sanctions.


Kevin Valentine will have three new pieces in the Faculty Show at North Central College, Naperville. The reception is April 8th, from 6-8

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Iraqi widows - Oxfam search

Once again I was searching the web for contacts to advocacy in Iraq. I saw some disturbing videos on Youtube of young girls from refugee camps sold, tricked or impelled into prostitution parlors outside Damascus - these barn sized places where they dance around while men decide who to take home - then many send their profits to their family.

Anyway searching, I found the Oxfam report from Women's day in March talking about the "silent emergency" of women in Iraq. There are lots of solid emails at the bottom to the Oxfam point people for this issue in America, England and Baghdad.

Last night we went to hear Greg Mortenson talk about Three Cups of Tea and Pennies for Peace. It was very inspiring, especially at Loyola School of Education. He had just stepped off the plane from Afghanistan where he was consulting about using decentralized peaceful strategies in the war, such as building schools, water projects and the like.

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