The family speaks

Correction and apology

The article below makes reference to Chelsea Manning passing through Ireland’s Shannon airport en route to Iraq.

We now know from direct communication with Chelsea that this was not the case and that she did not pass through Shannon airport at any time, although nearly 2.5 million other US soldiers have done so. The use of Shannon by the US military is an ongoing and contentious issue in Ireland.

The information apparently came from a member of Manning’s Unit and was passed onto us in good faith by a trusted source. We apologise for this error and any confusion it has caused.

PMFF, May 2015

Ruairí McKiernan interviews Chelsea Manning’s mother Susan Manning, aunties Sharon Staples and Mary Murray and uncle Kevin Fox during a visit to Dublin, Ireland from Pembrokeshire, Wales on 28 November 2013. There are Irish connections on both sides of Chelsea’s family and her maternal grandfather came from Dublin.



Afri was proud and delighted to host a series of events and meetings in solidarity with imprisoned Chelsea (Bradley) Manning’s mother Susan, Aunts Mary and Sharon, and Uncle Kevin. The family travelled from their home in Haverfordwest, South Wales, to Dublin, the birthplace of their father. In what is a continuing indictment of the Irish Government’s subservience to US power, Pvt. Manning had transited through Shannon on the way to the war on Iraq… was subsequently tortured in Kuwait and Quantico and is now serving 35 years imprisonment in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, for courageously exposing the horrors of the endless U.S ‘war on terror’.

The visiting members of Manning’s Welsh family are pictured below, along with Joe Murray of AFRI who co-ordinated the visit and his wife Mary-Lou. Left to right: Mary-Lou, Kevin, Sharon, Mary, Susan, Joe.

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You can help Chelsea’s family with the cost of prison visits between Pembrokeshire, Wales and Kansas, US by donating to our fund. 100% of donations received into the fund via Paypal, cheque or bank transfer will be passed on to the family.

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