Kathy Kelly speaks on The Wounds of War, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan with Kathy Kelly
Kathy Kelly will also be speaking at the East Side Freedom Library on Friday, January 21:
Tim Arango, The New York Times bureau chief in Baghdad from 2010 to 2017 noted that many people he had spoken with in Iraq said the worst of their experiences occurred during the years of sanctions. They said sanctions hollowed out the society.
Kathy Kelly says “it is this ‘hollowing,’ the cruel and ongoing destruction of people who have meant us no harm, which we long to acknowledge, resist and prevent.” Kelly will speak about consequences of U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen and will suggest ways that U.S. people can work to prevent future suffering among people affected by U.S. weapons and wars.
Kathy organized more than 70 trips to Iraq during the sanctions period and traveled to Iraq 27 times. She lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing, and alongside people during warfare in Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua. She has traveled to Afghanistan on numerous occasions, living alongside ordinary Afghan people in a working class neighborhood in Kabul. In June, 2016, Kathy participated in a delegation that visited five cities in Russia.
Kathy Kelly is a story teller who strongly believes that “where you stand determines what you see.”