Mount Holyoke College

Weissman Center for Leadership
and the Liberal Arts

FALL 2006

Refugees, Rights, and Returns:
Sudan and Beyond

The Sudan has been plagued by vicious civil war and acts of displacement that have devastated and killed hundreds of thousands of children, women, and men.  Since conflict erupted three years ago between African rebels and members of the dominant African Arab population and government, over 200,000 African Muslims have been killed and 2.5 million people have been displaced.  The violence against girls and women has been especially chilling; rape has been used as a vicious tool of intimidation and domination.  According to news reports, in August 2006 alone, at least 200 women were raped at one Darfur refugee camp.

Sudanese refugee Zeneba Ismail with her daughter This fall, the United Nations is working to revive peace accords in the region and to provide security and humanitarian aid to all those subjected to forced migration that has driven them into refugee camps. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond, a pediatrician, ordained minister, humanitarian, medical missionary, and international activist, has traveled to the Sudan to combat first hand the upheaval brought on by civil war, religious conflict, and racial tensions.  As chair of the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur and as a member of an American anti-slavery delegation, she has since 2001 participated in complex negotiations that have resulted in the emancipation of over 10,000 enslaved children and women. 

In 2005, Dr. White-Hammond was in Darfur and while there met hundreds of women and girls directly affected by the genocide, military violence, and political upheaval.  She also is the co-founder of My Sister’s Keeper, a humanitarian women’s organization that collaborates with Sudanese women as they work to rebuild their communities, provide education for Sudanese girls, and develop successful economic ventures.

Photo: Sudanese refugee Zeneba Ismail with her daughter and orphaned niece in Chad refugee camp.

Event Details

Date: Thursday, November 16

Time: 7:30 PM

Speaker: Gloria White-Hammond

Place: Gamble Auditorium, Art Building, Mount Holyoke College

Admission:Free and open to the public.


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