Re: petition


Subject: Re: petition
From: john mcevilly (j.mcevilly@Queens-Belfast.ac.uk)
Date: Thu Oct 21 1999 - 05:26:43 EDT


On Wed, 20 Oct 1999 07:38:26 -0200 Carlos Palombini <pal@npd.ufpe.br>
wrote:

> Below is a petition for the United Nations regarding the
>
> treatment of women in Afghanistan.
>
> Please sign and forward:
>
>
>
> The government of Afghanistan is waging a war upon women. Since the
> Taliban
>
> took power in 1996, women have had to wear burqua and have been beaten
> and
>
> stoned in public for not having the proper attire, even if this means
> simply
>
> not having the mesh covering in front of their eyes.
>
>
>
> One woman was beaten to death by an angry mob of fundamentalists for
>
> accidentally exposing her arm while she was driving. Another was stoned
> to
>
> death for trying to leave the country with a man who was not a relative.
>
>
>
>
> Women are not allowed to work or even go out in public without a male
>
> relative; professional women such as professors, translators, doctors,
>
> lawyers, artists and writers have been forced from their jobs and
> stuffed
>
> into their homes, so that depression is becoming so widespread that it
> has
>
> reached emergency levels.
>
>
>
> There is no way, in such an extreme Islamic society, to know the suicide
>
> rate with certainty, but relief workers are estimating that the suicide
> rate
>
> among women, who cannot find proper medication and treatment for severe
>
> depression and would rather take their lives than live in such
>
> conditions,has
>
> increased significantly.
>
>
>
> Homes where a woman is present must have their windows painted so that
> she
>
> can never be seen by outsiders. They must wear silent shoes so that they
> are
>
> never heard. Women live in fear of their lives for the slightest
>
> misbehavior. Because they cannot work, those without male relatives or
>
> husbands are either starving to death or begging on the street, even if
> they
>
> hold Ph.D.'s.
>
>
>
> There are almost no medical facilities available for women, and relief
>
> workers, in protest, have mostly left the country, taking medicine and
>
> psychologists and other things necessary to treat the sky-rocketing
> level of
>
> depression among women. At one of the rare hospitals for women, a
> reporter
>
> found still, nearly lifeless bodies lying motionless on top of beds,
> wrapped
>
> in their burqua, unwilling to speak,eat, or do anything, but slowly
> wasting
>
> away. Others have gone mad and were seen crouched in corners,
> perpetually
>
> rocking or crying, most of them in fear. One doctor is considering, when
>
> what little medication that is left finally runs out, leaving these
> women in
>
> front of the president's residence as a form of peaceful protest.
>
>
>
> It is at the point where the term 'human rights violations' has become
> an
>
> understatement. Husbands have the power of life and death over their
> women
>
> relatives, especially their wives, but an angry mob has just as much
> right
>
> to stone or beat a woman, often to death, for exposing an inch of flesh
> or
>
> offending them in the slightest way. Women enjoyed relative freedom, to
>
> work, dress generally as they wanted, and drive and appear in public
> alone
>
> until only 1996. The rapidity of this transition is the main reason for
> the
>
> depression and suicide; women who were once educators or doctors or
> simply
>
> used to basic human freedoms are now severely restricted and treated as
>
> sub-human in the name of right-wing fundamentalist Islam. It is not
> their
>
> tradition or 'culture', but is alien to them, and it is extreme even for
>
> those cultures where fundamentalism is the rule.
>
>
>
> Everyone has a right to a tolerable human existence, even if they are
> women
>
> in a Muslim country. If we can threaten military force in Kosovo in the
> name
>
> of human rights for the sake of ethnic Albanians, citizens of the world
> can
>
> certainly express peaceful outrage at the oppression, murder and
> injustice
>
> committed against women by the Taliban.
>
>
>
> STATEMENT: In signing this, we agree that the current treatment of women
> in
>
> Afghanistan is completely UNACCEPTABLE and deserves support and action
> by
>
> the United Nations and that the current situation overseas will not be
>
> tolerated. Women's Rights is not a small issue anywhere and it is
>
> UNACCEPTABLE for women in 1999 to be treated as sub-human and so much as
>
> property.
>
>
>
> Equality and human decency is a RIGHT not a freedom, whether one lives
> in
>
> Afghanistan or elsewhere.
>
>
>
> 1) Suzanne Dathe, Grenoble, France
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> 2) Laurence COMPARAT, Grenoble,France 3) Philippe
>
> MOTTE, Grenoble, France 4) Jok FERRAND, Mont St Martin,
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> France 5) Emmanuelle PIGNOL, St Martin d'Heres, FRANCE
>
> 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
>
> FAVRIE, Grenoble, FRANCE 11) Loic GODARD, St Ismier,
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> FRANCE 12) Benedicte PASCAL, Grenoble, FRANCE 13)
>
> Khedaidja BENATIA, Grenoble, FRANCE 14) Marie-Therese
>
> LLORET, Grenoble,FRANCE 15) Benoit THEAU, Poitiers,
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> FRANCE 16) Bruno CONSTANTIN, Poitiers, FRANCE 17)
>
> 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
>
> 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
>
> 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
>
> 40) Lena Skog, Stockholm, Sweden 41) Micael Folke,
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> Stockholm, Sweden 42) Britt-Marie Folke, Stockholm, Sweden
>
> 43) Birgitta Schuberth, Stockholm, Sweden 44) Lena Dahl,
>
> Stockholm, Sweden 45) Ebba Karlsson, Stockholm, Sweden 46)
>
> 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
>
> Linder, Umea ,Sweden 53) Petra Olofsson, Umea, Sweden 54)
>
> 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
>
> Harrison, New Zealand 61) Bryre Murphy, New Zealand 62)
>
> 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
>
> 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)
>
> 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
>
> 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)
>
> 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)
>
> 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
>
> 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
>
> B-rlin, Moissac, France 183) Sylvia M8nter, Berlin,
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> Deutschland 184) Barbara Ketelhut, Berlin, Deutschland 185)
>
> 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) John McEvilly, Co.Mayo,
Ireland.
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