Un-silent vigils on Aug 19 to remember Abeer Hamza, Iraqi girl brutally murdered.

In March of 2006, Abeer Hamza, a 14-year old Iraqi girl from the village of Mahmudiya, witnessed the deaths of her father, mother, and sister, and afterwards was brutally raped, murdered, and set on fire. Five US soldiers have been charged with the crime, one of which has already confessed guilt. The soldiers allegedly pre-planned the attack, changed into civilian clothing, and then entered the home of Abeer Hamza.

On August 19th, Abeer Hamza would have turned 15. On that day, we want to honor her life and remember her death. In doing so, we hope that some of the horror she experienced when leaving the earth, will be met with peace and mourning by those who denounce such violent crimes. In addition, we hope to draw awareness to the current protocol of immunity for Multinational Forces in Iraq. We believe that immunity nullifies necessary checks and balances in a psychologically precarious environment, and we support Amnesty International's request to the UN Security Council to reassess the granting of immunity to MNF's in Iraq.

This is a non-silent vigil. We want to hear what you have to say. Bring your outrage, defiance and spirit of resistance.

We hope that you can join us on Aug 19th, but if you are unable to attend, please light a candle on that night, and support our efforts to assist in ending immunity for MNF's in Iraq by checking out Amnesty International's statement or our myspace page.

Saturday, August 19th, 2006 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Los Angeles, California - Macarthur Park @ 6th & Alvarado Street
New York City, New York - Washington Square Park @ W. 4th Street & Macdougal
Berkeley, California - Willard Park @ Telegraph & Derby Street

Event endorsed and sponsored by Amnesty International, Not in Our Name, Codepink and A.N.S.W.E.R. LA.