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JCU confronts global poverty in Sudan

November 28th, 2010

The Center for Service and Social Action and Campus Ministry are encouraging the John Carroll community to confront global poverty and rally for “Peace in Sudan.” A panel discussion regarding the political crisis between the North and South will be held on Dec. 5 at 7:30pm in the Donahue Auditorium. After the discussion, a candlelight processional will lead interested attendees to the Hamlin Quad for a brief prayer for Sudan and then to the chapel to attend the 10pm mass.

The panel discussion will serve as an educational information session for the community, and will hopefully serve as a brainstorm session to generate action steps and ideas for promoting peace within Sudan. Dan Griffin, a representative from Catholic Relief Services will be speaking about his recent experience in the Sudan. He will be joined by Sean Webster ’11 and Wycliffe Odhiambo ’13, and Majier Mamer Deng (Nico) from Kent State University, originally from the southern Sudan. The discussion will be facilitated by Jen Ziemke, political science professor at JCU.

Leading up to the panel discussion, information tables will be in the student center atrium and in front of Einstein’s where students passionate for peace will distribute information on the issue. Praying, learning, and advocating are the three key actions the campaign for Sudan hopes to invoke among JCU students.

The campaign “Peace in Sudan” is in response to concerns about the upcoming January 2011 election. The people of southern Sudan will vote on a referendum that will determine if the country will divide into two separate countries. It is possible that a resolution could be as good for Sudan as the election of Nelson Mandela was for the people of South Africa, or it could trigger violence and be as horrendous as the genocide in Rwanda.

For more information on the Sudan crisis, visit peaceinsudan.crs.org. For information on the panel discussion, contact Raven DeVoll at rdevoll@jcu.edu; 330.397.3076.