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Simon Deng to Speak on Slavery and Human Rights

November 7, 2011

Human Rights Activist, and former Sudanese slave Simon Deng will speak on modern day slavery and human rights in de Witt Hall on Tuesday, November 8th at 12:30 p.m.

Born in southern Sudan, the U.N. Watch Freedom Award recipient, spent several years as a domestic slave in northern Sudan. He now speaks to audiences across the U.S. and around the world bringing attention to the modern day slavery in his home country and other current human rights issues. Deng spoke before the U.N. Human Rights commission in Geneva, Switzerland in 2005.

In 2006, Deng began a humanitarian aid mission in southern Sudan and Darfur, where he met with Sudanese officials. He also launched the Sudan Freedom Walk calling for an end to slavery in Sudan. The walk stretched from the U.N. in New York City to Washington, D.C. He repeated this walk in 2010 to raise awareness about South Sudan's 2011 historic referendum on independence.

- Amanda Comeau


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