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Former Iraq hostage speaks in Naramata

Peace activist and author James Loney will speak about his experiences and discuss the power of non-violence in people’s lives at Naramata Centre on Sunday, March 3.

The talk follows a three day workshop on non-violence, led by Loney, who was a member of a Christian Peacemaker Team taken hostage in Baghdad in 2005.

In  November of that year, he was kidnapped in Iraq along with three others,  Harmeet Singh Sooden and Norman Kember,  members of the delegation he was leading, and Tom Fox, a member of CPT who had been in the war-torn country since 2004.

Three of the men, including Loney, were rescued in 2006. Fox, an American, was killed before the release of the other men.

Loney recently published a book: Captivity: 118 Days in Iraq and the Struggle for a World Without War, based on his experiences as a hostage.

The public lecture will be at 3 p.m. at McLaren Hall at the centre.



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