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African Activists to Speak at Bowdoin

Story posted March 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Two activists from African nations will stop at Bowdoin College on Tuesday, April 7, as part of a national African Peace Tour.

Mariam Hussein, a Somalian human rights activist, and Akwei Malwal, an anti-slavery proponent from Sudan, will speak at Bowdoin at 7 p.m. in Druckenmiller Hall, Room 16. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

Hussein founded the Dr. Ismail Human Rights Organization and the Center for Human Rights in honor of her late husband, Dr. Ismail Jama'le. Malwal is involved in the effort to educate Americans and Europeans about the civil war raging in his Sudanese homeland. He has spoken frequently on the issue of slavery in Sudan.

The Africa Peace Tour was organized by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization dedicated to social justice, peace and humanitarian service. The tour includes 35 stops in six New England states over an 11-day period. The tour coincides with President Clinton's visit last month to sub-Saharan Africa, the first such visit in 20 years. Participants will address some of the same issues as Clinton, such as the flow of arms from the United States to Africa.

This event is sponsored by Bowdoin HELP. Help Emancipate LDC Populace (HELP) is a campus organization dedicated to alleviating the widespread deprivation in less-developed countries (LDCs). HELP also promotes intellectual discourse on issues related to the developing world.

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