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Darfuri refugees to speak

Post by News Tribune Staff on Oct. 31, 2007 at 9:39 am with No Comments »
October 31, 2007 9:39 am

I wrote this brief for the paper today:

Two refugees from the ethnic conflict in Darfur in western Sudan will speak Friday at the University of Puget Sound.

Daoud Hari and Ibrahim Adam fled the conflict in the Darfur region.

Hari left his village for a refugee camp in Chad and then re-entered Darfur to work as a translator for Western media outlets. Adam escaped after government-backed militias killed 20 members of his family.

The United States has labeled the conflict genocide, and the United Nations estimates as many as 450,000 people have died. About 2.5 million have been displaced.

The talk begins at 4 p.m. at the Kilworth Chapel at 1500 N. Warner St. in Tacoma. The event is free.

If you have a chance to go Friday, you should check this out. I’ve never heard these two speak, but the stories seem incredible. And it’s still topical: Despite years of pressure by the much of the international community against the government of Sudan, the Khartoum-backed militias are still slaughtering Darfuris. It’s ethnic cleansing in real-time.

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