Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, in the Geneva Room. In a special report, award-winning journalist and filmmaker John Pilger investigates the effects of sanctions on the people of Iraq and finds that 10 years of extraordinary isolation, imposed by the UN and enforced by the U.S. and Britain, have killed more people than the two atomic bombs dropped on Japan. G. Simon Harak, S.J., a Jesuit priest and peace activist, will introduce the film and give a talk, “Iraq: Behind the Headlines.”
In his film, Pilger takes former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Denis Halliday, who resigned in protest over the sanctions, back to Iraq. They reveal a portrait of life in a country Pilger says is being held hostage to the compliance of Saddam Hussein. He finds the breakdown of the clean water system and health facilities are having a tragic effect on young children, contributing to an alarming rise in their mortality rate.
G. Simon Harak, S. J., entered the Society of Jesus in 1970, and has served as a missionary in Jamaica and the Philippines. He finished his Ph.D. in ethics on a national fellowship. He taught ethics at Fairfield University from 1986 until he retired in 1998 to work full-time with Voices in the Wilderness: A Campaign to end the Economic Sanctions Against the People of Iraq. He has traveled to Iraq three times with Voices in the Wilderness, where he openly and publicly violated U.S./UN sanctions to bring medicine and toys to Iraqi hospitals. He is currently one of the site coordinators of the “Remembering Omran Bus Tour,” which informs campuses and peace groups about the nature of U.S.-Iraq relations.