World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

Release of hostages in Iraq

23 March 2006

Letter to Mr Douglas Pritchard, Co-Director of the Christian Peacemaker Teams, 23March, 2006


Dear Mr Pritchard,

It is with great joy that we received the news today of the freedom of the three
Christian Peacemaker Team members held in Iraq. We send them, their families
and the staff of CPT our best wishes for safe homecomings and reunions with colleagues
and loved ones.

At the same time we share in the sorrow surrounding the death of Mr Tom
Fox, who paid for his high convictions with his life. Our condolences go out to
his family and to the team now freed.

We also pray that amid all the pain and anxiety of this case, those engaged in
the violence in Iraq may remember and heed the many voices, both Christian and
Muslim, including World Council of Churches member churches in the region
and around the world, who made publicly clear that among the many people of
faith concerned for peace there are also people called to be peacemakers - and that
your team was answering one such calling in Iraq.

May God continue to guide and bless you and your staff, especially in discernment
for these times about the witness in your important work.

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia
General Secretary