U Columbia hosts panel discussion and auction, 7 April 2010.

Raise  Hope for Congo: A Panel Discussion and Student Photo Auction

Wednesday, April 7
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
IAB 1501

Raise Hope for Congo is a panel discussion about the current situation in DRC, specifically to raise awareness about the conflict in eastern Congo, and will particularly address the scourge of conflict minerals and the epidemic of rape and sexual violence in the region. The panelists will go into detail about the history and background of the Congo, the current political situation, and what policy initiatives are currently in place. Additionally, the panelists will discuss their own personal experiences on the ground, and how we can get involved in putting an end to the conflict.

Speaking on the panel will be:
• John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project
• Roger Luhiri, a former fistula doctor at Panzi Hospital in DRC
• Lisa Jackson, director of the film The Greatest Silence about rape in the Congo.

We are also hosting an exhibit of student photos taken while in DRC. The photos will be sold in a silent auction during the event to raise funds for Panzi Hospital in DRC. Funds directed towards SAFER will be channeled to the purchase and transport of medical supplies to the Panzi Hospital. SAFER, a volunteer-based NGO, uses 100% of all donations for this purpose.

Finally, a reception will immediately follow the event, providing an opportunity for students to mingle with panelists and other attendees.

Raise Hope for Congo is being organized by the Human Rights Working Group with the Humanitarian Affairs Working Group and the UN Studies Program Working Group, in partnership with The Enough Project.

RSVP on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110943785589302
or contact Tracy Slagle (tms2136@columbia.edu) with any questions

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