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Middle Eastern Society: The Vicar of Baghdad

 The Middle Eastern Society’s second meeting of the half brought Reverend Andrew White (perhaps better known by his unofficial title, ‘The Vicar of Baghdad’) from the heart of Iraq to Eton’s Marten Library. Having had supper and given a brief talk at Villiers House just beforehand, Revd. White spoke expansively for about 25 minutes, covering topics such as how he had ended up working in Iraq and the sort of a lifestyle he led there. The meeting was then opened up to the floor and there was certainly no short supply of hands in the air! With the motivation of a free book as a reward, boys and beaks alike asked many perceptive questions which allowed the Revd. to voice his well-formulated views on religion as well as politics. He answered questions simply and honestly, certainly not attempting to encourage any misconceptions of what life is like in Baghdad. Indeed, he often didn’t commit to definite answers when it came to the question of whether there was ever hope for Iraq to become fully-stable – yet he still managed to explain how he felt a strong desire to continue his remarkable line of work in the country for the perceivable future. A truly remarkable man!

 

Alex Archer OS (AW)

DATE POSTED: 02 November 2009

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