On April 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the The James and Caroline Duff Banquet Room at the Cintas Center on Xavier University’s campus, The James and Delrose Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning presents a free and open talk, Children of Hope: An Intimate Look at the Darfur Refugees. Rabbi Abie Ingber spent ten days in Chad visiting with Darfurian refugees in three camps: Gaga, Bredjing and Treguine. His personal story of his Holocaust-refugee parents combines with the stories of the people he met on this journey to shine a new light on the genocide in Darfur. In addition to his personal photographs, Ingber placed digital cameras in the hands of five refugees and asked them to document life through their own eyes. The results provide unique perspectives on the refugees’ world. These photos are at www.picasaweb.google.com/rabbiabie.
Since 2003, militia have been mass murdering with the goal of ethnic elimination. About 400,000 people have died from the government-supported militia campaign. Sudan denies it supports the militia, but president Omar al-Bashir was charged in international court with war crimes and crimes against humanity. His response was to evict aid workers who were aiding the over 2.5 million displaced refugees. Of those, thousands have crossed the Chad-Sudanese border, ending up in the refugee camps that Ingber visited. Ingber is the founding director for the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement at Xavier. He also teaches in Xavier’s Department of Theology and at Hebrew Union College.
The event is co-sponsored by: Xavier’s Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, Peace and Justice Programs of Xavier University, Xavier Campus Ministry, STAND XU, The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue, Christ Church Cathedral, and Greater Cincinnati Advocates for Darfur Coalition.