On Thurs., Jan. 24, UFPPC's 2007-2008 speaker series will present Gerri Haynes speaking on "Iraq's Refugees."[1]  --  Gerri Haynes is a past president of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, and has made annual trips to the Middle East since 1993.  --  She recently helped organize and was part of a delegation of eight who visited Syrian citizens and Iraqi refugees in Syria in Damascus, Saydnaya, and Aleppo.  --  POST-EVENT DEBRIEF by Kristi Nebel:   --  Fifty people were in attendance at King’s Bookstore in Tacoma on Jan. 24, 2008, for another in the free speaker series sponsored by United for Peace of Pierce County.  --  The speaker, Gerri Haynes, reported on her many visits to Iraq and most recently, Syria regarding the work of The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which protects and supports refugees and assists in their return or resettlement.  --  Her presentation showed the many nearly overwhelming obstacles in the efforts of the commission.  --  Interspersed with the factual reports were stories of compassion that were her personal rewards in interacting with individual refugees.  --  Her talk included a slide presentation.  --  Steve Nebel, the series facilitator, brought a digital recorder, and the audio recording of the event will be archived to coordinate with the visual presentation, which Gerri Haynes donated to UFPPC.  --  A number of Federal Way residents attended the event.  --  The group raised a total of $250 donated to UNHCR, as suggested by Ms. Haynes; she mentioned the group is currently in need of funds....


WHAT:  "Iraq's Refugees"
Gerri Haynes
WHEN:  Thursday, January 24, 2007 -- 7:00 p.m.
WHERE:  King's Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, WA 98402 (253-272-8801)


At King's Books
218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma

2007- 2008 Speakers Series (free)

7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 24, 2008

"The Refugees of Iraq"

"Since 1993 I helped organize the first Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility trip to Israel/Palestine, I have traveled at least once (some times multiple times) each year to this region -- leading groups to learn, teach, observe, and promote citizen diplomacy. During the economic sanctions on Iraq I visited Iraq four times. Following the fall of Baghdad I traveled to central and southern Iraq with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Each year I visit a family in Bethlehem. My husband and I have become godparents to two of the sons of people of peace in Bethlehem. Most recently I helped to organize a delegation of eight under the auspices of UNA-Seattle -- we visited Syrian citizen and Iraqi refugees in Damascus, Saydnaya, and Aleppo, Syria.

Gerri Haynes is a Palliative Care Consultant and Grief and Bereavement Educator, board member and past president of the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility and board member of UNA-Seattle. She is also Past National Board member of The Peace Alliance Foundation; and was chairperson for the 2006 Veterans for Peace National Convention.