(COLUMBUS, OH, 5/4/06)- The Columbus office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio), along with various interfaith organizations, is bringing the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) exhibit, “Eyes Wide Open: the Human Cost of War in Iraq,” to the West Lawn of the Ohio Statehouse from June 12-14.
This exhibit will feature a panel display memorializing the Iraqi civilians killed since the beginning of the war, an interlocked field of shoes and sandals representing Iraqi women, children, and men who have died, and a field of empty combat boots symbolizing the US soldiers who have been killed during this war. Around the clock reading of the names of civilians and soldiers will also take place. The goals of the exhibit are to put a human face to the casualties in the Iraq War, to lift up the deaths of Iraqis and US soldiers, and urge the US government’s accountability.
“This is truly an important event as it highlights clearly the toll this war has had on both Iraqi’s and US service-members, but it also stresses the interfaith community’s unified commitment to seeking peace in this horrific human tragedy,” said CAIR-Columbus Director Adnan Mirza. “One cannot leave this display and not be moved by it.”
Volunteers are needed and tax deductible donations are accepted. For more information on the exhibit please visit: http://www.afsc.org/eyes/about-the-exhibit.htm
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 32 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. The CAIR-Ohio Chapter has three offices – Columbus, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
CONTACT: CAIR-Columbus Director Adnan Mirza, 614-451-3232, E-Mail: email@example.com; Pat Rose, 614-294-9019, E-Mail: ProgramAsst@peace-center.org.