Rabbi Abie Ingber shares his experiences in Darfur refugee camps on Tuesday, April 28, at Cintas

Ingber spent 10 days visiting refugee camps in Chad and documented refugees' life experiences | April 20, 2009

Rabbi Abie Ingber, who recently spent 10 days in Chad visiting three Darfurian refugee camps, presents "Children of Hope: An Intimate Look at the Darfur Refugee" on Tuesday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cintas Center on Xavier’s campus. The talk, presented by the James and Delrose Eigel Center for Community-Engaged Learning, is free and open to the public.

During his trip to Darfur, Ingber visited the Gaga, Bredjing and Treguine refugee camps. Ingber discusses how the stories of the people he met there intertwine with the personal story of his Holocaust-refugee parents and how that connection shines 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 can be viewed at picasaweb.google.com/rabbiabie.

The current crisis in Darfue began in 2003, when government militia began murdering citizens en masse with the goal of ethnic elimination. About 400,000 people have died from the government-supported militia campaign. President Omar al-Bashir was charged in international court with war crimes and crimes against humanity. In response, he ordered the eviction of aid workers helping the more than 2.5 million displaced refugees, thousands of whom have crossed the Chad-Sudanese border and ended 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, Christ Church Cathedral and Greater Cincinnati Advocates for Darfur Coalition.