Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

Video footage of the residents of Camp Ashraf City is shown outside the embassy. Since the Iraqi operation to destroy the city began, both British and US media corporations have persistently refused to deal with the matter. US Embassy, London. 3rd October 2009. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Camp Ashraf Solidarity Hunger Strike Day 68. London. 3rd October 2009.

By Published Last Edited 2009-10-03 00:00:00

On day 68 of the solidarity hunger strike taking place outside the US embassy in London, campaigners and supporters gather together once again to call on the US Administration to take action to release 36 Camp Ashraf hostages being held by factional groups within the Iraqi security force.

The men have now been moved to a secure facility in Baghdad despite the third ruling of an Iraqi court of law that the men must be released immediately. The welfare of the hostages is now of critical importance. The residents of Camp Ashraf itself continue with their hunger strikes demanding the men be released at once.

In recent weeks, the hunger strikers have won the support of members of the British House of Lords, the Anglican church and human rights organisations around the world. However, all calls and appeals to the British Government have failed, primarily due to the British Government being unable to excercise influence on the international stage.

In recent days, the British Labour party have held their yearly conference in Brighton in the run up to the now urgent General election. During the conference, it became abundantly clear that attendee and delegate numbers were severely down on previous years, signalling that domestic support for the British Labour Party, and therefore the British Government, has completely collapsed.

US Embassy, London. 3rd October 2009.

Farzaneh Dadkhah sits in a bed as the hunger strike reaches day 68. She has been hospitalised twice since starting her action to bring about the release of the 36 hostages.

Farzaneh Dadkhah sits in a bed as the hunger strike reaches day 68. She has been hospitalised twice since starting her action to bring about the release of the 36 hostages.

As the supporters gather, the hunger strikers are reminded of the 36 middle aged men held against their will in Iraq. Despite the third ruling of the Iraqi law courts, factional elements with the Iraqi security forces continue to hold them. Within the last few days, the men have been moved to a secure facility in Baghdad.

As the supporters gather, the hunger strikers are reminded of the 36 middle aged men held against their will in Iraq. Despite the third ruling of the Iraqi law courts, factional elements with the Iraqi security forces continue to hold them. Within the last few days, the men have been moved to a secure facility in Baghdad.

A hunger striker waits.

A hunger striker waits.

An enactment of the seizing of the hostages takes place outside the embassy. Many of the men taken by Iraqi security forces were injured during the operation.

An enactment of the seizing of the hostages takes place outside the embassy. Many of the men taken by Iraqi security forces were injured during the operation.

Long-time hunger striker Soudabeh Heidari reads to the assembled crowd.

Long-time hunger striker Soudabeh Heidari reads to the assembled crowd.

In amongst the crowd, a member of the church signs an open letter to US President, Barack Obama, calling for him to take action.

In amongst the crowd, a member of the church signs an open letter to US President, Barack Obama, calling for him to take action.

In the tent housing the hunger strikers, Community Support Officers stand over the bed of a female Iranian hunger striker.

In the tent housing the hunger strikers, Community Support Officers stand over the bed of a female Iranian hunger striker.

A few moments later, they are joined by London NHS Paramedics.

A few moments later, they are joined by London NHS Paramedics.