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In Solidarity with Ashrafis

18th February 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm GMT


At our event on 18 February we hold an event in Solidarity with the Ashrafis. The event was enhanced with participation of musicians and speakers from 3 generations.











We would like to share with you now the wonderful words spoken by the representative of the elder generation;

Photo_11_London-2Frances Radford: “I have known the International Liberty Association for several years. It is a pleasure to see you here and to know that you would like information about the ILA. I became involved when I heard about the dissident Iranian group living in Camp Ashraf in Iraq. A place of beauty made entirely by their own effort and skills. Photos show an attractive place, well organised and cared for … but, alas, in short – outside agents made trouble for the residents who were forced by the authorities to transfer to Camp Liberty. ‘Liberty’ in name but nothing else and certainly nothing to do with freedom! However, undaunted these courageous people worked hard, men and women, to lessen the harsh conditions of their stay there. They have endured much, including terrible rocket attacks followed by the frustration of being unable to obtain medical help when urgently needed, and necessary supplies.Photo_11_London-7

One is filled with admiration for their courage and tenacity – and HOPE – in the face of all these events. What an example! I have felt involved, chiefly from a humanitarian point of view – not political – simply because these are suffering human beings. Their present position amid all the violence and chaos that surrounds them has made it vitally important to rescue the residents of Camp Liberty. To this end their Iranian friends of the ILA have increased their determination to liberate these heroic people. Through these Iranian friends the rest of us have been kept informed of developments such as news of those rescued, those still in the Camp, photos and even a telephone link to Liberty Camp where one could listen in or ask questions.



18th February 2016
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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