The Common Good
March-April 2003

First Martyr Mourned

by Rose Marie Berger, Kate Bowman | March-April 2003

George Weber, 73, of Chesley, Ontario, was killed in a motor accident on January 6
while traveling with a Christian Peacemaker Team delegation north of Basrah, Iraq.

George Weber, 73, of Chesley, Ontario, was killed in a motor accident on January 6 while traveling with a Christian Peacemaker Team delegation north of Basrah, Iraq. He had been visiting Iraqis to hear the impact of the Gulf war, economic sanctions, and ongoing bombing. Family and friends of Weber were shocked to learn that the U.N. sanctions against Iraq also restricted the "export" of his body from Iraq. Canadian officials finally secured permission to transfer Weber's body on a humanitarian basis. Weber is the first member of CPT to die while on active peace duty in an area of international conflict.

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