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Community Invited to Two-Day Event Designed to Raise Awareness of Refugee Issues


World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Event Includes Free Movie Screening and Lectures

Monday, November 5, 2007, Peterborough

The Trent University local committee of the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is inviting all members of the Trent and Peterborough communities to take part in a two-day event on Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8, aimed at raising awareness of what is happening with refugees around the world and specifically in Sudan.

The event gets underway on Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. with a free public screening of the Emmy-nominated feature-length documentary Lost Boys of Sudan. The film follows two Sudanese refugees on an extraordinary journey from Africa to America. Orphaned as young boys in one of Africa's cruelest civil wars, Peter Dut and Santino Chuor survived lion attacks and militia gunfire to reach a refugee camp in Kenya along with thousands of other children. From there, remarkably, they were chosen to come to America. Safe at last from physical danger and hunger, a world away from home, they find themselves confronted with the abundance and alienation of contemporary American suburbia.

On day two, also at 7 p.m., two special guest speakers will be at Trent to discuss Sudanese refugee issues. The first speaker, from the Red Cross of Canada, will discuss the challenges faced by humanitarian workers in Sudan. The second speaker is Ariic Aguto Reng, a former refugee from Sudan, who is currently a student at the University of Toronto. Mr. Reng will share his story of survival as a “lost boy” and the various challenges he has faced as a refugee from his country.

Both events will take place in Room 117 in the First Peoples House of Learning, Peter Gzowski College on Trent University’s Symons campus.

A leading Canadian international development agency, World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a network of individuals and post-secondary institutions. Their mission is to foster human development and global understanding through education and training.


For more information, please contact:
Kayembe Tshikele, co-chair, WUSC Trent University, (705) 872-7650