Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Nashville: Stop Genocide in Darfur

One Million Voices, One Message: Stop Genocide in Darfur

Gloria White-Hammond, a globally recognized humanitarian, pediatrician, and pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston, will speak on March 27 at 7 p.m. at the West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave., about the genocide in Darfur. Dr. White-Hammond will give an update on the stark realities of the genocide taking place in Darfur and. also describe practical ways in which each individual can help. She is a terrific speaker and should not be missed!

Dr. White-Hammond, who chaired the Million Voices for Darfur postcard campaign last year, culminating in the April 30, 2006 rally for Darfur in Washington, DC, has recently returned from Sudan. Previously, she has worked as a medical missionary in several African countries, has traveled to Sudan, including Darfur, many times since 2001, and has been involved in obtaining the freedom of Sudanese women and children who were enslaved during the two decades long civil war in Southern Sudan. In 2002 she co-founded My Sisters Keeper, a women’s group that partners with women in Sudan to reconcile and reconstruct their communities.

Daily news about the war in Iraq and elsewhere in the Mid-East often pushes aside the horrors happening in Darfur. Yet approximately 400,000 innocent people have been killed in this ongoing armed conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan and up to another 2 and 1/2 million have been displaced. Two to three hundred are killed daily on an ongoing basis, according to the United Nations. That rate is likely to increase over this year as aid groups leave and famine approaches. You can find out what can be done about this situation at this event.

The event is free but donations will be accepted for humanitarian aid for the people of Darfur. The donation will go to the Darfur Peace and Development Organization, which has a project to distribute solar cookers in Darfur so that women will not have to risk attacks in going outside the refugee camps to gather firewood.

This event is presented by Tennesseans Against Genocide with the generous support of many individuals in our community, the Nashville Jewish Federation’s CRC, Belmont University, West End United Methodist Church, Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel, Amnesty International, and Fisk University’s Race Relations Institute. For more information, contact Kitty Calhoon at kcalhoon103@aol.com, or Hazel Joyner-Smith, hsmith@fisk.edu, phone 329-8575..

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