Students Speak Out for Darfur

1 decade 1 year 2 months ago Tuesday, April 24 2007 Apr 24, 2007 Tuesday, April 24, 2007 5:28:56 PM CDT April 24, 2007 in News
We are lying down to symbolize that we could be the people that are being killed. We could be the dead bodies and just to give people a sense that these are human lives we are talking about& people are dying," said Caroline Engelman, MU student.

The demonstrators were organized by a campus group called 'STAND Mizzou.' Students held signs in the middle of campus, asking people walking by to sign a petition against the genocide. Next week, STAND will present a petition to the MU Board of Curators asking them to stop working with companies who have investments in Sudan.

"Investment is a way to cut economic funding of the government and if we do that successfully, it will stop because if the government doesn't have money, people won't be killed," said Nadege Uwase, stand member.

Uwase knows what this is all about. She was seven years old when her family fled the Rwanda genocide. Now she demonstrates against the current genocide in Sudan.

"What's at stake, humanity? What's at stake that we can be able to save people and prevent it from happening again and again?" Uwase said.

By Tuesday afternoon, 70 people had signed the petitions. The group hopes to have 100 before presenting the petition to the board.

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