Fw: petition


Subject: Fw: petition
From: Alma & Sinisa (almasini@total.net)
Date: Wed Oct 20 1999 - 09:29:39 EDT


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Date: October 20, 1999 6:26 AM
Subject: petition

>Below is a petition for the United Nations regarding the
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>treatment of women in Afghanistan.
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>Please sign and forward:
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>
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>The government of Afghanistan is waging a war upon women. Since the
>Taliban
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>took power in 1996, women have had to wear burqua and have been beaten
>and
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>stoned in public for not having the proper attire, even if this means
>simply
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>not having the mesh covering in front of their eyes.
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>
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>One woman was beaten to death by an angry mob of fundamentalists for
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>accidentally exposing her arm while she was driving. Another was stoned
>to
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>death for trying to leave the country with a man who was not a relative.
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>Women are not allowed to work or even go out in public without a male
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>relative; professional women such as professors, translators, doctors,
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>lawyers, artists and writers have been forced from their jobs and
>stuffed
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>into their homes, so that depression is becoming so widespread that it
>has
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>reached emergency levels.
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>
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>There is no way, in such an extreme Islamic society, to know the suicide
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>rate with certainty, but relief workers are estimating that the suicide
>rate
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>among women, who cannot find proper medication and treatment for severe
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>depression and would rather take their lives than live in such
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>conditions,has
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>increased significantly.
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>Homes where a woman is present must have their windows painted so that
>she
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>can never be seen by outsiders. They must wear silent shoes so that they
>are
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>never heard. Women live in fear of their lives for the slightest
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>misbehavior. Because they cannot work, those without male relatives or
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>husbands are either starving to death or begging on the street, even if
>they
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>hold Ph.D.'s.
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>
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>There are almost no medical facilities available for women, and relief
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>workers, in protest, have mostly left the country, taking medicine and
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>psychologists and other things necessary to treat the sky-rocketing
>level of
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>depression among women. At one of the rare hospitals for women, a
>reporter
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>found still, nearly lifeless bodies lying motionless on top of beds,
>wrapped
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>in their burqua, unwilling to speak,eat, or do anything, but slowly
>wasting
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>away. Others have gone mad and were seen crouched in corners,
>perpetually
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>rocking or crying, most of them in fear. One doctor is considering, when
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>what little medication that is left finally runs out, leaving these
>women in
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>front of the president's residence as a form of peaceful protest.
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>
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>It is at the point where the term 'human rights violations' has become
>an
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>understatement. Husbands have the power of life and death over their
>women
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>relatives, especially their wives, but an angry mob has just as much
>right
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>to stone or beat a woman, often to death, for exposing an inch of flesh
>or
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>offending them in the slightest way. Women enjoyed relative freedom, to
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>work, dress generally as they wanted, and drive and appear in public
>alone
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>until only 1996. The rapidity of this transition is the main reason for
>the
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>depression and suicide; women who were once educators or doctors or
>simply
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>used to basic human freedoms are now severely restricted and treated as
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>sub-human in the name of right-wing fundamentalist Islam. It is not
>their
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>tradition or 'culture', but is alien to them, and it is extreme even for
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>those cultures where fundamentalism is the rule.
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>
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>Everyone has a right to a tolerable human existence, even if they are
>women
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>in a Muslim country. If we can threaten military force in Kosovo in the
>name
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>of human rights for the sake of ethnic Albanians, citizens of the world
>can
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>certainly express peaceful outrage at the oppression, murder and
>injustice
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>committed against women by the Taliban.
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>
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>STATEMENT: In signing this, we agree that the current treatment of women
>in
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>Afghanistan is completely UNACCEPTABLE and deserves support and action
>by
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>the United Nations and that the current situation overseas will not be
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>tolerated. Women's Rights is not a small issue anywhere and it is
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>UNACCEPTABLE for women in 1999 to be treated as sub-human and so much as
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>property.
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>Equality and human decency is a RIGHT not a freedom, whether one lives
>in
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>Afghanistan or elsewhere.
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>
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>1) Suzanne Dathe, Grenoble, France
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>2) Laurence COMPARAT, Grenoble,France 3) Philippe
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>MOTTE, Grenoble, France 4) Jok FERRAND, Mont St Martin,
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>France 5) Emmanuelle PIGNOL, St Martin d'Heres, FRANCE
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>6) Marie GAUTHIER, Grenoble, FRANCE 7) Laurent VESCALO,
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>Grenoble,FRANCE 8) Mathieu MOY, St Egreve, FRANCE 9)
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>Bernard BLANCHET, Mont St Martin, FRANCE 10) Tassadite
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>FAVRIE, Grenoble, FRANCE 11) Loic GODARD, St Ismier,
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>FRANCE 12) Benedicte PASCAL, Grenoble, FRANCE 13)
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>Khedaidja BENATIA, Grenoble, FRANCE 14) Marie-Therese
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>LLORET, Grenoble,FRANCE 15) Benoit THEAU, Poitiers,
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>FRANCE 16) Bruno CONSTANTIN, Poitiers, FRANCE 17)
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>Christian COGNARD, Poitiers, FRANCE 18) Robert GARDETTE,
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>Paris, FRANCE 19) Claude CHEVILLARD, Montpellier, FRANCE
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>20) gilles FREISS, Montpellier, FRANCE 21) Patrick
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>AUGEREAU, Montpellier, FRANCE. 22) Jean IMBERT, Marseille,
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>FRANCE 23) Jean-Claude MURAT, Toulouse, France 24) Anna
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>BASSOLS, Barcelona, Spain 25) Mireia DUNACH, Barcelona,
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>Spain 26) Michel VILLAZ, Grenoble, France 27) Pages
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>Frederique, Dijon, France 28) Rodolphe FISCHMEISTER,
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>Chatenay-Malabry,France 29) Francois BOUTEAU, Paris,
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>France 30) Patrick PETER, Paris, France 31) Lorenza
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>RADICI, Paris, France 32) Monika Siegenthaler, Bern,
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>Switzerland 33) Mark Philp, Glasgow, Scotland 34) Tomas
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>Andersson, Stockholm, Sweden 35) Jonas Eriksson,
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>Stockholm, Sweden 36) Karin Eriksson, Stockholm, Sweden
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>37) Ake Ljung, Stockholm, Sweden 38) Carina Sedlmayer,
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>Stockholm, Sweden 39) Rebecca Uddman, Stockholm, Sweden
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>40) Lena Skog, Stockholm, Sweden 41) Micael Folke,
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>Stockholm, Sweden 42) Britt-Marie Folke, Stockholm, Sweden
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>43) Birgitta Schuberth, Stockholm, Sweden 44) Lena Dahl,
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>Stockholm, Sweden 45) Ebba Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden 46)
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>Jessica Carlsson, Vaxjo, Sweden 47) Sara Blomquist, Vaxjo,
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>Sweden 48) Magdalena Fosseus, Vaxjo, Sweden 49) Charlotta
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>Langner, Goteborg, Sweden 50) Andrea Egedal, Goteborg,
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>Sweden 51) Lena Persson, Stockholm, Sweden 52) Magnus
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>Linder, Umea ,Sweden 53) Petra Olofsson, Umea, Sweden 54)
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>Caroline Evenbom, Vaxjo, Sweden 55) Asa Pettersson,
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>Grimsas, Sweden 56) Jessica Bjork, Grimsas, Sweden 57)
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>Linda Ahlbom Goteborg, Sweden 58) Jenny Forsman, Boras,
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>Sweden 59) Nina Gunnarson, Kinna, Sweden 60) Andrew
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>Harrison, New Zealand 61) Bryre Murphy, New Zealand 62)
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>Claire Lugton, New Zealand 63) Sarah Thornton, New Zealand
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>64) Rachel Eade, New Zealand 65) Magnus Hjert, London,
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>UK 67) Madeleine Stamvik, Hurley, UK 68) Susanne Nowlan,
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>Vermont, USA 69) Lotta Svenby, Malmoe, Sweden 70) Adina
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>Giselsson, Malmoe, Sweden 71) Anders Kullman, Stockholm,
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>Sweden 72) Rebecka Swane, Stockholm,Sweden 73) Jens
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>Venge, Stockholm, Sweden 74) Catharina Ekdahl, Stockholm,
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>Sweden 75) Nina Fylkegard, Stockholm, Sweden 76) Therese
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>Stedman, Malmoe, Sweden 77) Jannica Lund, Stockholm,
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>Sweden 78) Douglas Bratt 79) Mats Lofstrom, Stockholm,
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>Sweden 80) Li Lindstrom, Sweden 81) Ursula Mueller,
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>Sweden 82) Marianne Komstadius, Stockholm, Sweden 83)
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>Peter Thyselius, Stockholm, Sweden 84) Gonzalo Oviedo,
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>Quito, Ecuador 85) Amalia Romeo, Gland, Switzerland
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>86) Margarita Restrepo, Gland, Switzerland 87) Eliane
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>Ruster, Crans p.C., Switzerland 88) Jennifer
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>Bischoff-Elder, Hong Kong 89) Azita Lashgari, Beirut,
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>Lebanon 90) Khashayar Ostovany, New York, USA 91) Lisa L
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>Miller, Reno NV 92) Danielle Avazian, Los Angeles, CA 93)
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>Sara Risher, Los Angeles, Ca. 94) Melanie London, New
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>York, NY 95) Susan Brownstein , Los Angeles, CA 96)
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>Steven Raspa, San Francisco, CA 97) Margot Duane, Ross, CA
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>98) Natasha Darnall, Los Angeles, CA 99) Candace Brower,
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>Evanston, IL 100) James Kjelland, Evanston, IL 101) Michael
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>Jampole, Beach Park, IL, USA 102) Diane Willis, Wilmette,
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>IL, USA 103) Sharri Russell, Roanoke, VA, USA 104) Faye
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>Cooley, Roanoke, VA, USA 105) Natalie Edwards,
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>Charlottesville VA USA 106) Cyndy Williams,
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>Charlottesville, VA USA 107) Donna Hall, Lynchburg, Va USA
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>108) Robin Hinkle, Lynchburg, VA USA 109) George Vass
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>Venice, FL USA 110) Martha Ferris, Moncks Corner, SC USA
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>111) Teresa Smith, Charleston, SC, USA 112) Terry Longo,
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>Orlando, FL, USA 113) Charlotte Downs, Orlando, FL, USA
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>114) Laura M. Connaughton, Orlando, FL USA 115) Ronit
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>Doran, Tel Aviv, Israel 116) Iris Berenstein, Johannesburg,
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>South Africa 117) Lynne Jeffreys, Johannesburg, South
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>Africa 118) Sharon van Heerden, Johannesburg, South Africa
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>119) Lizelle Mc Mahon, Johannesburg, South Africa 120) Frik
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>du Toit Suid Afrika 121) Glenda Warrin, Cape Town, South
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>Africa 122) Andrew le Roux, Cape Town, South Africa 123)
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>Nathea Beukes, Cape Town, South Africa 124) Johan Wiesner,
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>Toowoomba, Australia 125) Retha Wiesner, Toowoomba,
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>Australia 126) Leon de Villiers, Toowoomba, Australia 127)
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>Leslie Willmers, Cape Town, South Africa 128) Wayne Jacobs,
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>Cape Town, South Africa 129) Davlynne Lidbetter, Cape Town,
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>South Africa 130) Gunnar Blondal, Oslo, Norway 131) Hjortur
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>Blondal, Reykjavik, Iceland 132) Hordur Sigurjonsson,
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>Reykjavik, Iceland 133) Barbara Eriksson, Gislaved, Sweden
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>134) Henry Z, Denmark 135) Helle S, Denmark 136) Wiktor S,
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>Denmark 137) Ilona K, Kitimat, Canada 138) Katherine
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>Vinluan-Arellano, Philippines 139) Toby Pedersen, Arkansas,
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>USA 140) Nancy Pedersen, Longview, TX, USA 141) Renee'
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>Golden, Kilgore, TX, USA 142) Linda Hill, Longview, TX, USA
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>143) Vicki Flaris, Longview, TX, USA 144) James D. Rapp,
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>Limassol, CYPRUS. 145) Cherylin Masters,Wilshire, England
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>146) Kevin Anderson, Wiltshire, England 147) Tracey Buxton,
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>Middlesex, England 148) Neil Rickett, Plymouth, England
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>149) Alan Curtis, Daintree, Qld Australia. 150) Rebecca
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>Watson, Daintree Australia. 151) Jayne Powell, Daintree
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>Australia 152) Lara Emerson, Daintree Australia 153) Nicole
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>Thornton, Daintree Australia. 154) Gavin Douglas, Daintree
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>Australia. 155) Daniel Blunt, Daintree Australia. 156) Ali
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>Hammond, Cairns, Australia 157) Michelle Silva, Cairns,
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>Australia 158) Kateea McFarlane, Gold Coast, Australia 159)
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>Nikki Holmes, Perth, Australia 160) Aileen Johnston, Perth,
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>Australia 161) Nadia McColm, Perth, Australia 162) Clare
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>Middleton, Narrogin Western Australia 163) Amanda Cook,
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>Katanning Western Australia 164) Julie Pajagic, Perth
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>Western Australia 165) Kim Gibson, Perth Western Australia
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>166) Toby Gibson, Tokyo, Japan 167) Annabel Brown, Perth
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>Western Australia 168) Craig Stewart, Perth Western
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>Australia 169) Michelle Mader, Perth Western Australia 170)
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>Don roszmann Penetanguishene Ontario, Canada. 171) Susan
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>Fearnley, Toronto Canada 172) Carol Fountain, London,
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>Ontario, Canada 173) Christy Philip, Orillia, Ontario,
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>Canada 174) Laurie Lee, Orillia, Ontario, Canada 175)
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>Sharon MacDonald, Orillia, Ontario, Canada 176) Kristine
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>Miller, Ontario, Canada 177) Cathy Bates, Calgary, Alberta,
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>Canada 178) Joshua Lang, The Hague, Netherlands 179) Wanda
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>Conner, Phoenix, Arizona, USA 180) Terry Rea, Glendale,
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>AZ, USA 181) Gloria Jacobsen, TX, USA 182) Maria ZKlia
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>B-rlin, Moissac, France 183) Sylvia M8nter, Berlin,
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>Deutschland 184) Barbara Ketelhut, Berlin, Deutschland 185)
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>Susanne Sprafke, Hanoi, Vietnam 186) Denis Morgenthaler,
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>Berlin, Deutschland 187) David P. Romero, Caracas,
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>Venezuela 188) Giuseppina Cocca, Caracas Venezuela 189)
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>Mauro Lorenzoni, Caracas, Venezuela 190) Irene Lorenzoni,
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>Norwich UK 191) Imogen Wilde, Berkshire UK 192) Gabriel Jackson, London
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>193) Stephen Cottrell, London 194) Christopher Fox, York, UK
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>195) Ian Pace, London 196) Peter Nelson, Edinburgh, Scotland
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>198) Carlos Palombini, Recife, Brazil
>199) Sacha Milovanovich, Montreal, Canada
>200) Alma Salkica
>201) Miladin Tesic, Belgrade, Serbia
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