Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sudan: Human Rights Vigil and Videos

We kicked off our countdown to the Sudan action at GET ON THE BUS on April 5 with “Al-Bashir 2013:” a powerful film screening at Tufts University on February 23, organized by Bob Saulnier and Christopher J. Ghanny. The videos included: Darfur DiariesSouthern Kordofan: Unfinished Buisness ,Sudan's Forgotten War Zones and Hidden Hunger. In addition our guest speaker Mohamed Khalifa, a Sudanese Arabic language instructor at the African Language Program at Harvard, provided a helpful overview. 

Other relevant videos include: 
Across the Frontlines

The Devil Came on Horseback

El-Fasher University (Darfur) professor of medicine, trauma specialist and human rights advocate DR. MOHAMED AHMED EISA spoke at AIUSA Group 133’s monthly meeting on March 12 about recent human rights violations in Darfur, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Abyei. Dr. Ahmed, who was named the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Human Rights Award winner in 2007, treated torture survivors and documented the severity of violence and the prevalence of human rights abuses in the region. He has offered training programs to IDP camp staff on the documentation of violence and rape; he has frequently consulted to NGOs and policy makers and has spoken about the rampant sexual violence in Darfur and in the refugee camps in Eastern Chad. He teaches at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and is now the Sudan Program Fellow at Physicians for Human Rights. We appreciate our guest speakers’ insight into the situation in Sudan on this the 10th anniversary of the commencement of conflict in Darfur. 

We also met for a “taste bud solidarity” dinner in Cambridge on March 16. And we will hold a Sudan Human Rights Vigil in Davis Square at 6:00 pm on March 26.

Please take action at to help free the Al-Obeid 32: 32 Nuba women detained by the Sudanese government. Thank you; your letter can mean a lot to them.

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