Ipswich Quakers offer reminder of 'the pity of war'

By staff writers
November 8, 2012

On Monday 5 November, Ipswich Quakers distributed leaflets to people who had gathered to welcome the Royal Anglians as the regiment paraded through the town following six months of service in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Richard Stewart of Ipswich Quaker Meeting explained that Friends had sought to "expand people's thinking beyond "martial music and pageantry" and to offer a reminder of "the pity of war."

He said that the police had been supportive and helpful and that Friends had met with only one incident of hostility as they handed out the leaflets to the assembled crowd, including to members of the military and local MP Ben Gummer

The text of the leaflet was as follows: Please also remember today the other casualities of war - the hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and the mountain villages of Pakistan by bombs, bullets and drones.

Sixteen members of the Royal Anglians, which serves as the county regiment for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Norfolk, Rutland and Suffolk. have lost their lives in Afghanistan since the conflict began in 2001.


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