Refugee speaks at UMaine about escaping Darfur

6:39 PM, Dec 2, 2012   |    comments
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ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Civil war and genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan brought shock to the world stage years ago. On Sunday people gathered at the University of Maine to hear the story of one man who survived the conflict.

Elfadel Arbab escaped from Darfur when he was only 12-years-old. His village was attacked by members of the Janjaweed militia during its campaign against other groups in the country. Arbab received burns to his face in the attack. He fled to Egypt where he was eventually able to obtain a Visa to the U.S.

Arbab says he feels leaders here are doing everything they can to prevent further violence in Darfur. Yet he says none the less genocide is continuing in many parts of Africa.

"We really want to educate the public and especially the students because those are going to be our future leaders," he said, "and we want to stop these genocides once and for all."

The lecture was put together by Children International Summer Villages better known as C.I.S.V. International. Arbab says all of his family also escaped harm in Darfur. They now live in Portland.


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