Don't Shoot The Clowns
Taking a circus to the children of Iraq
by Jo Wilding
New Internationalist, 2006, b/w photographs, paperback, ISBN 9781904456483
Very Good Condition, edge wear and shelf wear, corners curved, bottom corner a little dogeared, uncreased spine (see photographs)
'... account of living with Iraqi people during the war and its aftermath. She tells what daily life is really like in a country coping with invasion and occupation, and how she and a hastily recruited troupe of circus performers brought clowns, laughter and some moments of respite to the children of Iraq.
As a human rights observer, Jo Wilding, a young British lawyer and solidarity activist, witnessed and recorded in her blog some of the worst atrocities committed against ordinary people. Out of the trauma grew the circus, traveling round squatter camps, schools and orphanages, putting light and hope back into people's lives. "I want to thank you for coming,' said on observer, 'This is the first time since the war that I have seen the children laugh in this way, from their insides.''