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Flying Kites with a Purpose

Fort Wayne for Peace joins a national effort to end the use of drones overseas.
Fort Wayne for peace is known to hold rallies while chanting and waving colorful flags. Their goal is usually the same, to end wars and live in a peaceful world. Although their purpose is still the same, Sunday the group took a different approach to get the message across: by flying a kite. This isn’t just a recreational activity, though. The kites are being flown with a purpose.

"At least half a dozen countries live under the threat of United States drones and it is a horrible way to live," said Tim Tiernon, a member of Fort Wayne for Peace.

He says the message is for the U.S. Government to end wars and assassinations by drones. According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, in the past five years, U.S. drones have killed more than 2,400 people in the Middle East. About 1,000 have been civilians including about 200 children.

"When you kill women and children, there's no coming back from that. It scars your soul. You might think you can forget about it but they never will," said Tiernon.

A crowd of a couple dozen believes they can make a difference starting with people here in Fort Wayne.

"Drones create terrorists. That’s the simple answer. If you're not an enemy before the missile hits you, you sure will be afterwards," said Tiernon.

Terry Dougherty was a member of the Peace Core in Afghanistan more than 40 years ago. He says it’s his duty to join events like this.

"Bringing awareness of what happens in foreign countries for Americans’ is something the Peace Core commits us to,” said Dougherty. “So I’m doing this as my continued Peace Core service."

"I think if everyone flew a kite instead of a drone the world would be a better place,” said Lavell Stabler, a member of Fort Wayne for Peace.

Kite flying has been banned in Afghanistan.

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