Organisations working for a reversal of the tide of violence in the Middle East welcomed the end of the six-year British military mission in Iraq yesterday, and called for continued investment in development, peacebuilding and change.
Protestors against the violence in Gaza and for an immediate ceasefire have taken place across Britain this weekend, including demonstrations in London, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Belfast, Newcastle and Southampton.
Christian and other peacemakers staged a 10-hour vigil outside Canada House in London's Trafalgar Square yesterday, to call on on the Canadian government to halt the deportation of US soldiers who have fled the war in Iraq.
Christians have been urged to hold a day of remembrance, prayer and action on 19th March, the eve of the anniversary of the war with Iraq. The call is one of the responses following an ecumenical seminar held in London this week.