by Ken Butigan | August 23, 2012
On November 26, 2005, four Christian Peacemaker Team members serving in Iraq — Tom Fox, Harmeet Singh Sooden, Norman Kember and James Loney — were kidnapped at gunpoint by a group of insurgents and held at an undisclosed location for four months. Fox, a former U.S. Marine turned Quaker, was murdered, but the other three were freed in a military operation carried out by U.S., British and Canadian troops on March 23, 2006.
Though no one was killed or injured in the rescue, the irony of a crew of peace activists being plucked from danger by armed coalition forces was lost on few observers, least of all those who were suddenly liberated. In Captivity, his recent account of this harrowing ordeal, James Loney grapples with this and many other paradoxes that wove through nearly 17 weeks of terror and transformation. It is the author’s willingness to wrestle with these contradictions that makes this volume so riveting and valuable, especially for those of us who long to live the nonviolent life in a catastrophically violent world.
For more on this story, visit: 118 days in captivity — a peacemaker’s account / Waging Nonviolence – People-Powered News and Analysis.