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Health care workers demand ceasefire

Field of flags, each flag representing nearly 13 persons killed in Gaza since Oct. 7.—Photos by Ann Suellentrop

By Jane Stoever

Health care workers rallied Nov. 6 near the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., to demand an end to the war between Israelis and Palestinians. The workers, many wearing medical or nursing coats, planted small white flags representing those killed in Gaza. A sign explained: “10,000 murdered, (including) 4,000 children.” Each flag represented nearly 13 persons murdered in Gaza since Oct. 7, with 5 of the 13 being children. Huge banners proclaimed, “Ceasefire NOW” and “Save healthcare workers in Gaza.”

Describing the terror in Gaza, Ann Suellentrop, a retired nurse and a vice chair of PeaceWorks KC, said, “What is happening is evil! We have every right to call our elected officials and demand a stop to it. We should be sending teams of people to the Middle East from countries like Northern Ireland and South Africa, where they found a way to peace. We should not be sending money and bombs for war.”

Suellentrop added that she was from PeaceWorks, saying, “We work against the nuclear bomb plant here in Kansas City, and Israel has nuclear weapons.” She warned, “This is a dangerous situation. It could lead to World War III.”

Another speaker, Dr. Yolanda Huet-Vaughn, asked participants to call their elected officials and say that targeting civilians is against international law, namely, the Geneva Conventions.

–Jane Stoever writes for PeaceWorks KC. © 2023, Ann Suellentrop, Yolanda Huet-Vaughn, Jane Stoever, Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International License

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