Monday, March 06, 2006

Long Island Students to March Against Slavery

Long Island Students Walk with Former Slave to End Genocide and Slavery in Sudan
On Wednesday March 8, at 10:15 AM over 200 students from Solomon Schechter and Glen Cove high schools in Long Island, will walk the two-mile distance between both schools with former Sudanese slave , Simon Deng. The students' walk will begin at Solomon Schechter, 27 Cedar Swamp Road in Glen Cove. The purpose of the student's walk is to raise awareness about Mr. Deng's upcoming 300-mile walk the following week and the rally urging action in Darfur in Washington DC on April 30.

"We wish to publicize the genocide that is happening in Sudan," says Helena Eilenberg, one of the teachers who is working with the students to organize the walk. "We want to encourage the people of Long Island to take action so that the phrase 'Never Again' which is so often recited is not an empty one."

From March 15th to April 5th Mr. Deng will walk from New York to Washington, DC to shed light on the genocide and modern-day slavery ravaging his homeland. He will hold a press conference at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on Wednesday, March 15th at 1 PM before commencing his walk.

Mr. Deng, a native of Southern Sudan was captured at the age of 9 and sold to an Arab family in Northern Sudan which enslaved him for three and a half years until he was able to escape. Now 44, Deng speaks out about his difficult childhood and about the atrocities that continue to plague Sudan. One of the first 40 Sudanese to come to the US on political asylum in 1980, Deng has emerged as a national leader among the 250,000 Sudanese Refugees now living in the US

The Freedom Walk is sponsored by the Sudan Campaign, a collection of national organizations, elected officials and influential individuals working for progress in human rights.

In Sudan, more than 1.5 million innocent people were killed between 1955 and 1973, and an additional 2 million were killed from 1983 to 2005 in what has become the largest civil war in the history of Africa. Since 2003, the ongoing genocide in Darfur has resulted in the slaughter of more than 300,000 in just the past 3 years. Current estimates show that over 10,000 humans continue die as a result of this crisis each week.

Local media contact: Maria Sliwa, Freedom Now Communications, National media contact: Meryl Zegarek, Meryl Zegarek Public Relations, Inc. 917-403-3601,

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