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Memoirs of a United States Army deserter
On Wednesday, March 4, former United States Army soldier Joshua Key spoke to over 70 guests about his experiences during the 2003 American-led invasion of Iraq and what motivated him to flee to Canada.
Key enlisted in the United States Army in 2002 as a way to provide for his family and in 2003 he was deployed to Iraq. During his presentation, Key recounted situations that led him to question his role in the invasion of Iraq and described numerous examples of unethical treatment towards Iraqi civilians. While on leave, he fled to Canada after refusing to return to the U.S. Army. Key discussed current challenges with Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board as his claim for refugee status has been denied.
Judith Hughes, assistant professor, and Garth Duncan, Bachelor of Social Work student organized the event.
Key’s memoir titled “The Deserter’s Tale: The Story of an Ordinary Soldier Who Walked Away from the War in Iraq” is available through Garth Duncan.