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U.S. Group Brings Iraq Medicine

September 25, 1998

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ A group of American activists has come to Iraq to deliver medicine, violating a travel ban on visits to the country under U.N. sanctions.

The Chicago-based Voices in the Wilderness has been visiting Iraq for the last eight years. Its leader, Charles Quilty of Rock Island, Ill., said today the visit was in solidarity with Iraqi children and elderly suffering under the sanctions.

Four members of the group arrived with medicine to be delivered to Basra in southern Iraq, Quilty said. He said it is the 15th trip by Voices in the Wilderness since 1990.

Iraq is under U.N. sanctions for its 1990 invasion of neighboring Kuwait. The sanctions _ which limit Iraq’s export of its major commodity, oil _ have devastated the country’s economy.

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