“Dear Sir Tony Blair, I am a boy called Anas Jamil El-Banna. I am 7 years old. Me and my four brothers are writing to you this letter from my heart because I miss my father. I am wishing that you can help me and my father… Every night I think of my dad and I cry in a very low voice so that my mother doesn't hear, and I dream that he is coming home and gives me a big, big hug. Every Eid I wait for my father to come back. I hope to God that you can help me to bring my daddy back to me. I don't want anything, I just want my daddy please. love Anas - 7 years old, Mohamed - 6 years, Abdulrahman - 4 years, Badeah - 3 years, Mariam - 9 months”
We have been led to believe that we have to choose between a policy of anti-terrorism or a respect for human rights. Yet the opposite is true, we must respect human rights in order to stop terrorism. Of the unknown hundreds of thousands of youths like Anas around the world suffering injustice and oppression, which few will turn to terrorism? We need to face these problems with compassion, understanding, and a resolution to justice, not with a fearful and irrational response of violence, torture, and oppression. This is why I think everyone who can go to this protest should do. Not only to help end this oppression today, but to help build a more peaceful and just world for tomorrow.
There is a petition to sign which is to be sent to Tony Blair, Jack Straw, and Charles Clarke. I know many of you are sceptical of petitions, lobbying MPs, and regular protest, but it did work to release the previous 4 Britons held at Guantanamo Bay.
If you would like protest fliers to distribute then email me at:- firstname.lastname@example.org