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Don't Shoot the Clowns: Taking a Circus to the Children of Iraq [Paperback]

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Don't Shoot the Clowns is the account of one woman's experience of living with Iraqi -people during the war and its aftermath. An intense and engaging story, it combines the reality of a country coping with invasion and occupation with the extraordinary story of the traveling circus set up to bring clowning and laughter to the children.

As a human rights observer, Jo Wilding, a young British trainee lawyer and solidarity activist, witnessed and recorded some of the worst atrocities committed against ordinary civilians. And as the occupation started, she joined a group of performers to put on circus shows in squatter camps, hospitals, schools, and orphanages.

Jo Wilding isn't a journalist but a new kind of "citizen reporter," instinctively recording events and publishing directly online. Her daily accounts have an immediacy and accuracy that bring the scenes sharply into focus. From the shocking and painful stories of the siege of Fallujah to the crowds of mesmerized children given some respite from horror and uncertainty by the clowns, every episode vividly evokes what day-to-day life in Iraq has been like.

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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.74" Width: 5.35" Height: 0.87"
Weight:   0.93 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   New Internationalist
ISBN  1904456480  
ISBN13  9781904456483  

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More About Jo Wilding

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jo Wilding is a human rights lawyer working in London. In the last few years she has been an activist, blogger and clown. Her weblog from Iraq ( was read all over the world during the war and the ensuing occupation. She was one of 1,000 women worldwide jointly nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

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1Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > 20th Century > General
2Books > Subjects > History > Americas > United States > General
3Books > Subjects > History > Asia > General
4Books > Subjects > History > Middle East > Iraq
5Books > Subjects > Law > Constitutional Law > Human Rights
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Politics > General

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Jo Wilding is the greatest  May 18, 2007
Jo has more courage than anyone I know- she risked jail to try to break the blockade on Iraq, then brought her "Circus 2 Iraq" with some of her pals. She has plenty of stories to tell about the sanctions and about Fallujah, where she was when the u.s marines tried to destroy it. It's just amazing to read what she writes, and try to remember how those craven embeddeds with the flack jackets kept it all out of tne mainstream media. We needed Jo Wilding then, and we need her now. Because she can tell you the awful reality of the assault on Iraq like no one else. I mean the girl is dragging wounded Iraqis into ambulances in Fallujah, and taking fire from the u.s. marines.

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