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UW-Eau Claire Academic Adviser Goes on Peace Mission to Sri Lanka
 MAILED:  Sept. 16, 2003

Rita Webb, an academic adviser and coordinator of the Adult Opportunity Office at UW-Eau Claire, will leave for Sri Lanka Sept. 25 to serve two years there as a member of a civilian “peace army.”

Webb, a longtime peace activist from Eau Claire, was selected from a pool of more than 150 applicants to participate in the initial pilot peace project by the international Nonviolent Peaceforce organization, based in St. Paul. Webb will join 10 other participants from nine countries in Sri Lanka.

Webb has been granted a leave of absence from UW-Eau Claire, allowing her to become an international peace keeper trained by the Nonviolent Peaceforce group.

Sri Lanka is an island off the southern coast of India that has seen much conflict because of ethnic violence between the Sinhalese majority and the Tamil separatists. A cease-fire in 2001 led to peace negotiations.

Peaceforce will work with local groups to protect human rights, deter violence and help local peace workers.

Information about the Nonviolent Peaceforce organization is available on the Web.

Webb is available to talk with the media about her peacekeeping mission. You can reach her at (715) 836-3259 or

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Updated: December 28, 2004