Harmeet Singh Sooden

Harmeet Singh Sooden

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<!-- Deleted image removed: -->Harmeet Singh Sooden (born March 24, 1973) is a Canadian and New Zealand citizen who volunteered for Christian Peacemaker Teams in Iraq. From November 26, 2005, he was held captive in Iraq with three others and threatened with execution until being freed by multinational forces in an operation on March 23, 2006.

Sooden was born and raised in Zambia. He was born into a Sikh family. His mother Manjeet Kaur Sooden and father Dalip Singh Sooden are from Kashmir, where his grandparents still live. He has one sister, Preety Sooden Brewer, married to a New Zealand man.

He travelled to Iraq as a volunteer for Christian Peacemaker Teams and had this to say about his faith: "Friends and family don’t consider me a Christian although I do have the confidence to identify myself as such if I wish. Some consider me a Sikh, some an atheist; others prefer to think of me as possessing secular values."

Sooden studied electrical engineering at McGill University in Montreal, Canada., Fox News, November 29, 2005 Soon afterwards he obtained Canadian citizenship. In April 2003 he moved to join his family in Auckland, New Zealand. He is presently enrolled as a post-graduate student in English literature at University of Auckland. He is a member of the University of Auckland chapter of the Students for Justice in Palestine.

On 23 July 2006, Harmeet did an...
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