Sharjah rally calls for peace in Iraq, UN intervention

SHARJAH - Hundreds of Sharjah residents including Arab and local women and children, gathered in front of the Sharjah Family Supreme Council yesterday evening for a peace rally to show solidarity with the Iraqi people in their sufferings because of the war launched by the US-led coalition forces.

By Afkar Ali Abdullah

Published: Thu 3 Apr 2003, 12:01 PM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 9:54 PM

The rally was organised by the Sharjah Women's Club, one of the bodies affiliated to the Family Superme Council. More than 21 humanitarian and social bodies, including the Arab Family Organisation, Umm Al Mumineen Association, Mothers Council, the General Library of the Sharjah Department of Culture and Information, the Juma Al Majid Centre for Research and Studies, the UAE Teachers' Association and Emirates Consumer Protection Society took part in it.

More than 200 children carried UAE and Iraqi flags, posters, placards and banners voicing their support for Iraqi women and children.

They also chanted slogans against the war. The event started by poetry recitations paying tribute to Iraqi martyrs and victims of war and it was followed by speaches by 21 women representatives of various social bodies.

Addressing the rally, Amira bint Karam, from the Family Supreme Council, said:

"When a nation is assaulted and its peace and security is brutally violated, a message must go out to the aggressor. The Iraqi nation is today the victim of an unjust war."

Dr Faygha Habib from the Arab Family Organisation condemned the killing of civilians.

Sheriffa Musa, from the Emirates Consumer Protection Society, hailed the heroism, courage, and strong determination of the Iraqis, many of whom left the safety of foreign lands to go back home, to defend their country. Several other speakers urged the international community and UN Security Council to pressure the US and UK and stop the aggression against Iraqi people.

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