JAN 01] COVENTRY UNIVERSITY NEWS
University Gets Gulf War Hostage Papers
detailing the plight suffered by the hostages taken by Saddam
Hussein upon the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 are to be
given to Coventry University.
Coventry-based Gulf Support Group is handing over ten years
worth of documents and audio/video resources relating to its
group was established by Stephen and Josie Brookes two days
after the invasion in August 1990.
eventually assisted hundreds of British civilians who became
Saddam Hussein’s “human shield”.
who received the MBE for his work during this period is moving
from his Chapelfields home, and was concerned about the future
of the files.
years after the events which changed the lives of so many
innocent British people caught up in the invasion, it is
important that this information showing how such a group works
is stored for future reference.
I am delighted that the University library accepted the offer
to retain the records.”
is now a mature Communication Culture and Media student at
Coventry University, while Josie has also been working there on
an MA in Disaster Management.
records being handed to the University include audio and video
tapes as well as a mass of diaries, letters and files which
formed the day to day workings of the group.
are also original letters from senior politicians, diplomats and
religious leaders which show the international recognition, and
importance attached to the work of the group.
hours of hard work and a mass of memories, both sad and happy
live in the files. And they show the abnormal pressures placed
on people during so called modern warfare.
provide a detailed record from capture to release of the
hostages, and I am sure that they will be used well in their