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Oct. 25, 2007

Darfur refugees bring stories of survival to Birmingham-Southern

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Survivors of the genocide in Sudan's western region of Darfur will tell their stories Nov. 1 in the Norton Campus Center Theater on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College at 3:30 p.m.

Voices from Darfur, a national speaking tour supported by the Save Darfur Coalition, will feature refugees from Darfur. Launched last summer, the tour highlights speakers such as Daoud Hari, who fled his village in 2003 after months of bombings by his own government. Hari risked his life as a translator for “The New York Times,” “BBC” and “National Geographic,” among others, and was arrested in Sudan on false espionage charges while translating for “Chicago Tribune” reporter Paul Salopek in 2006. After 35 days in jail, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson negotiated Salopek and Hari's release. Soon thereafter, the U.S. government granted Hari refugee status.

Voices from Darfur features a short documentary film followed by first hand accounts of the genocide from survivors. As many as 400,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced.

The Nov. 1 speaking engagement, sponsored by the Birmingham-Southern College Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Multi-cultural Awareness Organization, Women in Leadership Development, United Nations Student Alliance, Amnesty International, Black Student Union, and Student Government Association, is open to the public, free of charge. For more information, call 205/226-4733.

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