Small protest outside U.S. Embassy in
By Abigail Kippins
A SMALL band of women yesterday gathered in
front the United States
Embassy in Georgetown protesting the bombing
of Afghanistan by the
U.S. and Britain.
The group, comprising about 20 women, carried
placards and chanted
disapproval of the bombings, describing the
act as a military slaughter.
"Bombing innocent women and children in
Afghanistan is not an answer
to the bombing that took place in the United
States", spokesperson for
the group, Ms Andaiye commented.
She said while they are in sympathy with the
relatives of the 6,000 odd
people killed in the September 11 terrorist
attacks in the U.S., the
answer is not in the U.S. and Britain bombing
The U.S. and Britain Sunday launched powerful
air and missile strikes
against bases, airports and training camps in
Afghanistan in retaliation
for last month's attacks on the World Trade
Center in New York and the
Pentagon in Washington.
An informal group calling itself Women
Opposing Military Action Now
(WOMAN) organised yesterday's protest outside
the U.S. Embassy here
and a main slogan they carried was Mahatma
Gandhi's saying, "an eye
for an eye makes the whole world go blind".
"We will continue protesting and we hope that
women from other
organisations will come out", Andaiye said.
She explained that they started off as a
women's group deliberately
intending to send the message that whether
people like it or not, women
are raised to care about everyone and
everything and that gives them a
particular place to look at what happens in
She further noted that many women who have
lost loved ones in the
attacks have been speaking out against the
talk of going to war - that it
be not carried out in their husbands' and
"You don't raise children for them to be
killed in wars. We are beginning
as a women's group to make the point that
women, as carers, say no",
In a flyer distributed by the group, the
women said they do not want
bombs dropped on a country where seven
million people already face
starvation, 60% of them women and children.
They said women are the life-givers, the
first caregivers, from
breastfeeding and subsistence farming which
feeds most of the world, to
cleaning, nursing and teaching and asked,
"must mothers watch the
slaughter of children in whom we have
invested our lives to be used as
cannon fodder for the military?"
They said while US$80 billion a year would
provide the basic needs of
everyone in the world, the U.S. has already
committed US$40 billion to
sending cruise missiles and bombs into
Afghanistan "and wherever else
they intend to kill and maim".
They said this is on top of the more than
$800 billion invested yearly in
military budgets worldwide to ensure the
world's submission to
globalisation and the multinationals that run
"We will all pay, either as targets or be
deprived of our basic rights and
needs, for America's New War", the group
Andaiye said as long as the war continues the
group will continue to
She said many Guyanese were killed in the
attacks in the U.S. but
pointed out that that did not prompt their
She added that they are not protesting
because they feel they can stop
the war, but what they hope to do is to build
up the mood which is
already spreading worldwide with the hope
that eventually it will begin to
have some influence.
She said the people in favour of the war are
the ones stressed on while
those in opposition are hidden.
"...it is important that people protest,
including Guyanese and over time,
in the connections between Guyana and other
countries, we will begin to
have some influence. We cannot spend the rest
of our lives thinking we
are too small or too weak to speak out",
"Women the carers have been central to every
anti-war movement. Now
we demand an immediate end to the destruction
of life in Afghanistan.
"We demand that the resources being lavished
on killing be invested
instead in life and caring. We call on all
justice movements to stand with
carers against war", the women said.
from the Guyana chronicle, http://www.guyanachronicle.com
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