A former U.S. soldier who walked out on the war in Iraq and sought sanctuary in Canada is still living in limbo and looking for help in Winnipeg tonight.
A fundraiser for Joshua Key is being held at 7 p.m. at St. Matthews Church in the West End.
Key is one of an estimated 200 U.S. war resisters in Canada and an outspoken opponent of the U.S. war agenda in Iraq.
In the 2007 book The Deserter's Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq, which he co-wrote with Book of Negroes author Lawrence Hill, Key recounts his difficult upbringing in Guthrie, Okla.
He talks about the economic hardship that compelled him to enlist in the military, the brutalizing of Iraqi civilians he saw his fellow soldiers committing almost daily, and his escape from the war after eight months of service.
Key arrived in Canada in 2005 and pays a price for following his conscience.
He can't legally work in Canada or access health care and other benefits. He's married to a Canadian, and they have three children.
Tonight's event is at the church at the corner of St. Matthews Avenue and Maryland Street.
It is supported by Peace Alliance Winnipeg, Project Peacemakers, Council of Canadians -- Winnipeg chapter, Winnipeg People's Social Forum, Canadian Dimension and Food Not Bombs.