Maya Evans born Hackney, London, England December 18, 1979. British peace activist. UK Voices for Creative Nonviolence coordinator. Arrested for reading names of 95 British soldiers killed in Iraq, 2005; arrested for blocking highway to Labour Party meeting, demanding “U Turn for Peace,” Bournemouth, 2007; arrested and jailed 13 days for her role in peaceful die-in anniversary protest of NATO bombing of Afghan wedding, Northwood Military Centre, 2009. Led first British peace mission to Afghanistan, 2011. Led eight-day, 90-mile Drones Peace Walk from factory to Waddington drone base, 2012.
“People forget that we're at war with Afghanistan, it's been longer than both world wars combined. For us it's an issue of poor decision making and public spending by our leaders; for Afghans it means displacement, poverty, destruction and loss of life.” (Network for Peace bio; photo schnews.org.uk)