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Valencia High School hosts Camp Darfur on Human Rights

Save the date: Monday, March 9, 2009

Posted: March 2, 2009 8:09 p.m.
Updated: March 2, 2009 6:00 p.m.
Students at Valencia High School will have the opportunity to compare their own lives to those of families living in refugee camps around the world when the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force brings Camp Darfur to the Valencia campus on Monday, March 9.

Camp Darfur, founded by Gabriel Stauring, is a simulated refugee camp consisting of tents that trace genocide and crimes against humanity throughout recent history.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., students will move through six tents where student speakers will provide background information on life in refugee camps. Some speakers will chronicle genocide's trajectory in recent history and others will paint a picture of Darfur's atrocities, including life in refugee camps.

In addition, one tent is dedicated to raising awareness of the plight of child soldiers. Visitors will learn how they can do more to raise attention to these two humanitarian crises.

In Darfur, Sudan, approximately 200,000 people have been killed and more than two million have been forced from their homes since 2003 because of government-sponsored violence. The United Nations has passed a resolution to intervene, but Sudan's president refuses to allow peacekeepers into Sudan. This event seeks to bring more attention to Darfur's silent victims, many who have been living in refugee camps inside eastern Chad.

Members from the Student Task Force chapters at both Canyon and Valencia high schools will serve as guides and speakers for the day-long program. The groups' mission is to raise awareness about the current humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan, and to advocate for children whose lives are affected by war.


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