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Make your own white poppy

Display of peace poppies made by public planned to mark WW1 centenary

The ‘Collateral Damage’ project is inviting everyone to commemorate non-military victims of war by making unique textile white poppies. The military often refer to non-military deaths or destruction as ‘collateral damage’. These days, over 90 percent of people killed in war are civilians. Others suffer loss of family, home, community and even their country.

In November 2018, it will be 100 years since the end of the First World War. This centenary year is a golden opportunity to raise the profile of this wanton and tragic destruction that war is wreaking on people, other creatures, and the wider environment.

The Peace Pledge Union, War Resisters International, Art the Arms Fair and Lush (the cosmetics group) have already been most supportive as have a number of Quaker groups and craft groups.

A large display of poppies is planned in London for the November centenary. Poppies can be sent in for this (by 15 October) to: Collateral Damage White Poppies, c/o QPSW, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BJ. Each textile poppy should be between four and eight cm across, and can be made from any kind of textile. Designs can be found on the @whitepoppies2018 Facebook page and on the flyer:

Topics: Culture