Activists, scholars, and policy makers discuss the crisis in Darfur and world reaction. Speakers will explore reality and the situation on the ground, US policy, and possible UN sanctions. Panelists include Salih Booker, Africa Action, John Prendergast, International Crisis Group, Peter Takirambudde, Human Rights Watch, and Jok Madut Jok, Loyola Marymount University.
Sudan, one of the largest countries in Africa, has experienced numerous civil wars since it became independent in 1956. As a peace agreement was initiated to end 21 years of conflict in the south, a new conflict broke out in the Darfur region in the west that borders Chad and Libya. The area is inhabited by ethnic groups of African and Arab descent, the majority non-Arab farmers of African descent, with Fur being the largest group.
The violence in Darfur intensified in 2003 when two groups -- the Sudan Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement -- declared open rebellion against the Government of Sudan for fear of being excluded from the agreements between the north - south negotiations. Khartoum reacted aggressively, intensifying support for Arab militias, the so-called jinjaweid (evil horseman). The Government of Sudan supported the jinjaweid, directly and indirectly, as they carried out a scorched-earth policy towards the rebels and the African civilian population.
This special forum is co-sponsored by the UCLA African Studies Center and the Globalization Research Center-Africa.
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Date: Friday, November 19, 2004
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Room 2343, Public Policy Bldg.
(enter Wyton and Hilgard Ave.)
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free and open to the public; parking is available in lot 3 for $7.
Free; RSVP no longer required. Please join us and bring friends, colleagues, family; everyone welcome!
James S. Coleman African Studies Center Tel: 310-825-3686
Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Globalization Research Center - Africa