Prayer and Action for Iraq

Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq invites you to join us in a day of prayer and action. Every Tuesday until Easter we will have a focused day of prayer and a subsequent action. Our time of prayer will be at 1400GMT and the action taking place between Tuesday and Thursday. Please consider posting any messages related to these prayers and actions on this site so that we may all encourage each other’s spiritual growth. Please refer to the main website,, for more on our organization.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

"Liberty to Captives"

Tuesday, January 11, 2004
Day of Prayer and Fasting: Liberty to Captives

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because God has chosen me to bring good news to the poor. God has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” (Luke 4:18, from Isaiah 61:1)

“When you have laid [your enemies] low, bind your captives firmly. Then grant them their freedom or take a ransom from them, until War shall lay down her burdens.” (Qur’an 47:3)

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While these holy texts ask us to treat captives with mercy and justice, the reality of prisoner abuse extends far back into human history. Biblical stories include numerous accounts of mistreatment: Samson, during the period of his imprisonment was compelled to do hard and humiliating labor (Jdg 16:21). The authorities often marked dangerous persons with various kinds of physical mutilation. Samson’s captors gouged out his eyes. King Nebuchadnezzar did the same to Zedekiah (2 Kings 22:27). Abonibezek’s torturers cut off his thumbs and great toes to render him incapable of further resistance (Jdg 1:6). Prisoners suffered from an inadequate diet (1 Kings 22:27) and were required to wear special prison garb (2 Kings 25:29).

Post-invasion Iraq is no different. We have all read stories of Iraqi men and women who have been tortured by U.S. soldiers while in detention. People have suffered electrocution, sexual abuse, physical mutilation, and psychological threats. Ongoing investigations reveal that this mistreatment extends far beyond the actions of “a few bad apples,” and is endemic within the prisons and detention centers in Iraq.

The detention system in Iraq is presently overwhelmed by more than 10,000 detainees. Many are housed in temporary prisons at military bases, because the two main prisons of Abu Ghraib and Bucca cannot contain them all. Their incarceration in military bases, among soldiers untrained in proper treatment of prisoners, increases the likelihood of further abuse.

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1. Visit CPT Iraq’s Adopt-a-Detainee Campaign website (

2. Choose a detainee whose story compels you, and write a letter on his behalf (the website lists contact information for various authorities to whom you can send letters).

3. Send a copy of the letter to your congressperson and senators ( and for their email and snail-mail addresses).


Anonymous Prayer said...

Hi CPT Iraq I’ve been looking for Faith related blogs and I came across yours on during my trawl, so I thought it would be polite to let you know about my visit. You are most welcome to come and visit me at Faith. I would also be happy to trade links with you if you are interested. Bye for now and have a nice day! Brother Roy.

November 30, 2005 at 7:51 PM  
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