Keele University hosts event exploring civilian casualties of war | KathieMcInnes

Stoke Sentinel, 19 September 2016


THE plight of civilians who die in warfare is to come under the spotlight at an international event in Staffordshire this week.

Keele University will host the workshop on Thursday, whose delegates are set to include former military personnel, academics and voluntary organisations.

They will be exploring a key recommendation from the Chilcot Report into the Iraq War, which calls on governments to record civilian deaths and casualties during military operations.
Professor Bulent Gokay and Dr Lily Hamourtziadou are organising the workshop.

They are part of a campaign group co-founded by Keele academics called Iraq Body Count, which last year was shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The group has meticulously recorded all the known civilian deaths in Iraq since the 2003 invasion and urged decision-makers not to simply view them as ‘collateral damage’. To date, this death toll has topped 182,000.

Lily said: “Too often, civilians are the forgotten victims of war.”

Read more: ‘Someone has to be made accountable’: Brave widow Debi Allbutt’s verdict on Iraq War Inquiry

The workshop takes place between 10am and 4pm in room CBA0.005 in the Chancellor’s Building.


Read more Keele researchers shine a light on Iraq’s civilian war dead @

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