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Darfur the Topic of Panel Discussion at Moravian College
“Darfur: A Human Wasteland” on Tuesday, March 20
Bethlehem, Pa., March 20, 2007—The Amnesty International organization at Moravian College will hold a panel discussion entitled, Darfur – A Human Wasteland, on Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the UBC room located in the Haupert Union Building (HUB). Presenters include Fatima Haroun, a native of Darfur and Vice President of the Darfur Alert Coalition; Jim Remsen, Vice-President, The Darfur Alert Coalition; and Dr. Hans Wuerth, Specialist in Genocide Studies, and professor emeritus of German in the Foreign Language Department at Moravian College. Sudan's government and the pro-government Arab militias are accused of war crimes against the region's black African population. More than two million people are living in refugee camps after fleeing almost four years of fighting in the region.
Fatima Haroun is recognized as one of the leading advocates who speaks on behalf of the people of Darfur. She is a refugee from Jebel Marra, a once-gorgeous area in Western Darfur that has been destroyed by the Janjaweed militias in recent years. Haroun is a graduate of Khartoum University, and has extensive background experience in rural development in her homeland. Prior to the current genocide horror, she helped establish women's training centers to teach rural women handicrafts and marketing skills, as well as to provide health and literacy education. Currently she is working with Southern Sudanese women on reconciliation efforts following the long war in Southern Sudan, and is helping to form an organization that advocates for Sudanese women in general. Haroun lectures widely on the crisis in Darfur and also is a member of the Darfur Rehabilitation Project, and the Sudan Peace Advocates Network. She is of the leading voices in the U.S., and spoke at both the Save Darfur Coalition's rally in New York City in September 2006 and at the International Human Rights Day demonstration at the Sudanese Embassy in December 2006.
Haroun is employed as a social worker for the Department of Human Services in Philadelphia. In her Darfur advocacy mission, she has testified at U.S. congressional hearings; appeared as a featured speaker at demonstrations at the White House; at the U.S. Holocaust Museum and the national Save Darfur rally in New York City; and has given many TV and newspaper interviews.
Jim Remsen also serves as a Darfur Alert Coalition vice president, as well as chair of the Education Committee. He retired in November 2005 from the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was recognized as the paper's award-winning religion editor for seven years. Prior to retirement Remsen’s long career included serving as copy-desk chief at the Philadelphia Inquirer; news editor at the Philadelphia Bulletin; and working as a reporter for several other newspapers around the country. Presently he is the volunteer manager for Intercommunity Action, a social-service agency in Northwest Philadelphia. Remsen is actively involved in a number of community organizations, and joined the Darfur coalition early in 2006 after hearing an educational talk about the on-going genocide in the Sudan.
Professor emeritus, Dr. Hans Wuerth, taught courses on National Socialism, the Holocaust and other Genocides at Moravian College. During the course of his career he organized more than 20 student trips to Europe to visit former sites of persecution in Europe, and is recognized for his scholarly publications and lectures related to the Holocaust. He commits both his professional and personal life and energies to education. Currently, he spearheads the cause for the plight in Darfur for the local Amnesty International group. He speaks in many venues about the genocide in Darfur and works tirelessly in Washington to keep the Darfur tragedy before the eyes of lawmakers. Wuerth holds a Ph.D. in German Language and Literature.
The Haupert Union Building is located at Locust and Monocacy Streets. on Moravian’s Main Street Campus. The program is free of charge and the public is welcome.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.