Simpson University will host Camp Darfur, a traveling refugee camp designed to raise awareness of genocide, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012 on its campus at 2211 College View Drive, Redding, CA.
Activities, which are free and open to the public, begin at 10 a.m. on the lawn next to the Emeriti Dining Center. The camp is open until 5:30 p.m.
A guest lectureship on “Preventing Genocide” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in LaBaume-Rudat Hall, room 204. The speaker will be Gabriel Stauring, co-founder of Stop Genocide Now and i-ACT.
Camp Darfur, which has traveled to schools and colleges throughout the country, includes tent exhibits that tell an abbreviated history of genocide: Armenia, the Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Darfur. The camp seeks to educate viewers and give them ideas about how to take action on global human rights issues. It also includes information about new programs that offer hope to victims of the Darfur genocide residing in camps in Chad.
“Keeping victims visible is an important part of the struggle for justice,” said Dr. Craig Slane, a professor in Simpson’s Theology and Ministry Division and author of a book about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian killed for his opposition to Hitler during the Holocaust. “I’m deeply grateful for movements like Camp Darfur that sacrifice their time and energy to keep the victims of genocide in our sights and mobilize us toward real and lasting solutions.”
Redding-based group Genocide No More—Save Darfur, which organizes a monthly interfaith prayer vigil on fourth Fridays at the Sundial Bridge and seeks to raise funds for humanitarian relief, is sponsoring the event.
Dr. Ann Miller, chair of Simpson’s History Department, said she hopes the event will attract many community members to campus.
“The world has so many different cultures, ethnicities, and religions. We need to be vigilant that innocent people do not become a scapegoat for the hatred of others,” she said. “The way we do this is to become informed citizens and increase awareness by educating others of the tragedies and genocides of the past.”
For more information about the Sept. 25 event, contact Ann Miller at 530-226-4152 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information from a Simpson College press release, thanks to Amanda Stonehouse via Facebook.