Waging Peace and UCL Institute for Human Rights invite you to:
A DECADE OF DARFUR -
Why the genocide continues today
Tuesday 12 March 2013, 6 - 7.30pm
Ten years ago, the Sudanese regime unleashed a systematic genocide in Darfur which continues to this day, away from media attention. Khartoum's policy of ethnic cleansing destroyed 90% of black African villages, killing an estimated 300,000 people. Today, three million people who fled the violence live mostly in camps, but their lives are still fraught with danger. Women in particular continue to be attacked on an almost daily basis and the incidence of rape is high. Women and children have no choice but to walk beyond the camp boundaries to collect firewood or to tend their crops, making them vulnerable to attack and sexual violence.
Life in the camps is tough, with little access to humanitarian help because the Sudanese regime deliberately hinders and prevents aid organisations, despite the dire need. Journalists and human rights groups are rarely permitted into Darfur, meaning the fate of millions of Darfuris is largely unknown.
Waging Peace and UCL are hosting a discussion of the current situation in Darfur and life in the camps in particular. Joining us will be:
- Martin Plaut, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, ex BBC Africa Editor
- Dr Mukesh Kapila, UN Representative on Sudan in 2004 and whistler blower on the genocide. Author of 'Against a Tide of Evil', released 14th March 2013, Aegis Trust Special Representative
- Baroness Goudie, campaigner on women's rights
- Mariam Suleiman, Chairperson Darfur Victims Organisation
- Olivia Warham, Director of Waging Peace