Anti-Genocide Activist Speaks at MU
COLUMBIA - MU hosted an anti-genocide activist Monday to speak about the struggle to end genocide across the world along with what he has accomplished as a social entrepreneur.
Mark Haris, co-founder and president of the Genocide Intervention Network, spoke about the story of a young girl who was attacked and gang raped multiple times in Darfur that sparked his interest in the issue of genocide.
Haris spoke about protection which is the problem of treating man made crises as natural disasters when they can be stopped. He spoke about political will which is the need to pressure policy makers, and about permanency which refers to organizations staying in place after the crises are over.
He grew up in Ecuador and studied at a college in the U.S. where he got involved with the issue of genocide. He encouraged activist students to understand the issues they wish to combat, approach any pre-existing organizations, and create strategic planning including what not to do as an organization.
Haris led a merger with the Save Darfur Coalition to establish United to End Genocide, an organization seeking to pressure political figures in the U.S. to take action against genocide. MU has Step Up Mizzou that tutors refugees and participates in study abroad programs in countries like Rwanda.