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Americans Donate Blood in Baghdad

July 28, 1999

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Three Americans who oppose U.N. sanctions against Iraq donated blood Wednesday to three Iraqi patients in a Baghdad hospital.

The donors, members of Voices in the Wilderness, said they want to help ease the hardship caused by sanctions imposed on Iraq for invading Kuwait in 1990. The Americans also hope to provoke the United States to take legal action against them.

For years, the Chicago-based group has been donating money, medical supplies and toys to Iraqi children in violation of U.S. laws that require advance permission to do so.

The group’s leader, Kathy Kelly of Chicago, said she thought the government had not taken legal action because it would ``propel the just cause we are fighting for into national limelight.″

``I am giving my blood to them at a time my government has been shedding their blood for a long time,″ said Angela Schindler, a teacher from Nashville, Tenn. Mary Hannahan of St. Paul, Minn., and Chris Doycot of Hartford, Conn., also gave blood.

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