Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Pedalling For Peace

UPDATE: Check out the new blog covering the Mid East: Outsider On The Inside

A few hundred women from around the world gathered today to cycle across Lebanon in the name of regional peace:

BEIRUT: Hundreds of women from around the world took to their bicycles in Lebanon on Tuesday to pedal for regional peace. The third annual "Follow the Women - Women for Peace" bike tour completed its first leg around Lebanon with nearly 250 women riding from Sidon to Beirut - a journey of 50 kilometers that took them about six hours to complete.

The female participants, who come from about 30 different countries, found more than just their bicycles waiting for them in Sidon - many of the coastal city's residents flocked to the streets to witness the event.

Small children, their faces painted with Lebanese flags, danced through the crowds, asking to have a turn on a bike. A giant poster of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was unfurled across Sidon's Sea Castle. Even a marching band chimed in for the festivities.

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