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Monday, 17 February, 2003, 10:19 GMT
Pensioner to become Iraq human shield
Karl Dallas
Karl Dallas joined the anti-war protest in London
A pensioner is flying to the Gulf to join protestors acting as human shields in Iraq.

Karl Dallas, 72, leaves for Jordan on Monday and expects to cross into Iraq on Wednesday.

The Bradford pensioner will join other so called human shields, who stand in front of strategic sites.

On Saturday he joined an estimated one million people in London for an anti-war protest.

Tinder-box

"I am going to die anyway," said the former journalist and singer.

"This is not a time for pussy-footing around. If the war does take place I believe the Middle East will go up like a tinder-box."

His preparations for the trip included having medical jabs such as typhoid, hepatitis and polio.

He is also taking the message of peace from local school children, who have written poems and drawn pictures for their Iraqi peers.

Mr Dallas's wife Gloria said: "I am anxious but he tells me he is quite sure he is coming back. I hope he is."


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