The Nonviolent Peaceforce is putting soldiers in the field. Donna Howard, anti-nuclear activist and mother of two from Duluth, Minnesota, spent a month in Guatemala as a body (and spirit) guard for Claudia Samayoa, human rights worker and mother of three. Samayoa has had numerous death threats since a co-worker was gunned down in April.
"My work is to focus on one person and to do so 24 hours a day, but my presence in an office or meeting offers greater security to all," says Howard, who serves on the steering committee for the Nonviolent Peaceforce. The Nonviolent Peaceforce is an international effort to establish a standing, unarmed peace force of civilians trained to intervene nonviolently in deadly conflicts. The Nonviolent Peaceforce has provided Samayoa, a member of the organization, with unarmed bodyguards since early May.