Tom Sager was coordinator of the Veterans for Peace Iraq Water Project (http://www.veteransforpeace.org) from 2001 to March 2003. He has traveled to Iraq five times, four times with the Water Project.

   His most recent trip was in June/July 2003 during which he visited five of the six water treatment plants which Veterans for Peace has rebuilt in Iraq. These six plants serve approximately 100,000 people with clean potable water.

   One of the VFP plants in the Basrah area has become a major filling station for the water tankers which truck purified water to the neighborhoods in Basrah with no direct access to purified water.

   Unfortunately, some of the plants which VFP rebuilt have been damaged by bombing, looting, and general deterioration due to problems associated with the sanctions and the invasion. Veterans for Peace will continue its work in Iraq by repairing the damage to its water treatment plants caused by bombing, looting and deterioration.

   Besides rebuilding water treatment plants, the Iraq Water Project has sought to publicize the devastating effects of sanctions and war on the people of Iraq, and mobilize people in the US to work for peace and justice for the Iraqi people.

   Tom has been an advocate for peace and justice since 1959 when he participated in the "ban the bomb" campaign. He retired from his job as associate professor of computer science at University of Missouri-Rolla in 2000 in order to be able to spend more time with family and working for peace and justice. The following year, he became an associate member of Veterans for Peace and began working with the Iraq Water Project. After 9/11/01 he began writing Peace Porridge, an occasional electronic newsletter. The most recent letters are posted at http://peacehq.tripod.com/peaceporridge2.