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Sudanese survivor of modern-day slavery to speak at Wake Forest

January 31, 2007

Simon Deng, a former Sudanese slave and an activist for ending genocide and slavery in Sudan, will speak at Wake Forest University Feb. 20. 

Deng will speak at 7 p.m. in Carswell Hall’s Annenberg Forum.

The free, public lecture is sponsored by the Wake Forest chapter of Amnesty International and is part of the Black Student Alliance’s Black History Month program.

As a child, Deng was abducted from his village and forced to serve as a slave in northern Sudan.  He was beaten and given only scraps of food until he escaped two years later.

After his escape, Deng became a messenger in the Sudanese Parliament.  Now a U.S. citizen, Deng speaks around the country as an associate of the American Anti-Slavery Group.

In March 2006, Deng launched the Sudan Freedom Walk, a 300-mile walk between New York City and Washington, D.C., to call attention to slavery and genocide in Sudan.  In May, he met with President George W. Bush to discuss the situation in Sudan.

Deng has criticized the United Nations for not doing more to end slavery and genocide in his home country and has testified before the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Switzerland. 

In the past year, he spoke at the Save Darfur Rally in Washington and also traveled to southern Sudan and Darfur to meet with Salva Kiir, the president of southern Sudan and vice president of Sudan, regarding prospects for peace in the region.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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