one of the Australian Five Peace Shields in Iraq
by Maria Pilar
address: Sydney, Australia phone: 02 9799 4591
Thursday 20 Mar 2003
Source - Active Canberra: http://www.active.org.au/canberra/
This news story: http://www.active.org.au/canberra/news/index.php3?article_id=217
Rosemarie Gillespie, Honourable GrandMother Waratah, one of the Australian Five Human Peace Shields in Iraq.
May Peace, light and safety be with you all
I am an Indigenous Chilean survivor of American Foreign Policy/Pinochet induced dictatorship/Global Terrorism.
Since being 15 years old I had been kidnapped, disappeared, tortured, faced a death squad, raped at war, put in a concentration camp, sentenced to 10 years in prison by a CIA/Pinochet War tribunal against a civilian unharmed population just for defending Human Rights, then exiled, now a refugee in Australia, again removed from my community .
All these after surviving invasion/colonisation of my land, genocide, massive destruction and pillage, removed from my culture and people, rape as a child, rape as a teenager, raped by the church and domestic abuse (all by-products of the invaders violent mentality).
Now I survive racism, exclusion, silencing, invisibility, discrimination; habitat dislocation, in this western domination culture of self-destruction; again removed, this time to the other side of the world, Australia, very far away from my land, my people, my culture, my healing, my laws and traditions.
Away from the strength of my powerful Andean Mountains, my pacific sea, my valleys, lakes, sun, song and dance; and from my beautiful, wise, loving people.
Will this be the fate for the People of Iraq as well?
I had been fortunate enough to be included by the Aboriginal people of this land, whom dispensed to me their trust, medicine, healing, wisdom and community.
I had also been supported in my safety and healing journey by some people of the wider cross-cultural community; non indigenous and white people.
GrandMother Waratah, one of the Australian Five Human Peace Shields in Iraq is a dear friend of mine and I am very concerned about her safety as well as the safety of all Human Peace Shields in Iraq.
Could you please do something about this?
She survived crossing the blockade of Bounganville, risking her life to take medicine to the people, in order to become the main instigator of the Bounganvillean Solidarity Campaign in Australia & Internationally and kept us informed behind the fire lines.
She also survived the death of her son mysteriously killed in America.
She has been a relentless fighter in the pursuit for Global Peace, equality, justice, truth, well being, dignity , freedom and self determination.
Now she is risking her life again for All of Us.
The spirits are telling me that this time she is not going to be able to survive.
May peace and light be with you ... Good bye my courageous beautiful friend.
It has been an honour and a privilege to be your support person . Thank you for counting on me. I hope that I did not fail you.
Also thousands of lives, too many lives are not going to be able to survive this war.
Not only in Iraq but all over the world.
This war is going to escalate far from our imagination.
Not only in all the Middle East but also into a Global Nuclear War where 75% of the population of the world and their habitats will perish.
Please dear All; come back to the Universal Law, from now on act with honour, respect and balance ... towards yourself, others and your habitat, including little people and animals.
May Light, Peace and Safety be with you All too.
Maria Pilar - Indigenous Cultural Teachings International
phone 02 9799 4591