Terence Bunch

Photojournalist & Writer

Maya Evans holds a watch to time the reading ceremony, each name is read out at one minute intervals. Downing Street, London. 7th October 2008. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Reading the Names of Dead, Afghanistan 7th Anniversay. London. 7th October 2008.

By Published Last Edited 2008-10-07 00:00:00

Peace campaigners gather in Whitehall opposite Downing Street on the seventh of the month for a seven hour vigil seven years after Afghanistan is invaded by a US/UK led coalition in the opening salvo of the now disgraced so-called War on Terror.

They read out the names of those who have been killed during the misadventure including Afghani civilians and British soldiers. In previous years those attending the ceremony had been arrested under sect 132-138 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police act (SOCPA), now collapsed and pending appeal due to Metropolitan police authorities meeting fierce resistance from peace campaigners.

The ceremony takes place as British military commanders in Afghanistan now concede that the war in Afghanistan cannot be won.

Downing Street, London. 7th October 2008.

Police officers and Community Support Officers hand out unenforcable SOCPA notices at the start of the ceremony.

Police officers and Community Support Officers hand out unenforcable SOCPA notices at the start of the ceremony.

Milan Rai hands out leaflets setting out the situation in Afghanistan to Londoners as they walk past.

Milan Rai hands out leaflets setting out the situation in Afghanistan to Londoners as they walk past.

A campaigner holds the names of some of those who have been killed in Afghanistan since the invasion of 2001.

A campaigner holds the names of some of those who have been killed in Afghanistan since the invasion of 2001.

The names of the dead are read out through a loudspeaker opposite Downing Street.

The names of the dead are read out through a loudspeaker opposite Downing Street.

Maya Evans observes a moments silence.

Maya Evans observes a moments silence.

A quote form an Afghani taxi driver recounting the deaths of his family during a bombing raid.

A quote form an Afghani taxi driver recounting the deaths of his family during a bombing raid.

A campaigner uses a pen to mark her place in a list of British soldiers who have been killed during the invasion and occupation.

A campaigner uses a pen to mark her place in a list of British soldiers who have been killed during the invasion and occupation.

Seven hours after the ceremony begins, the campaigners read out the last of the names as evening approaches.

Seven hours after the ceremony begins, the campaigners read out the last of the names as evening approaches.