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|Sudan Activist on Forced Displacement and the Merowe Dam: The Other Human Rights Crisis|
|Date||Tuesday March 27|
|Time||7:00 PM - 8:30 PM|
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Morgan Lounge in Morgan Hall on the UC Berkeley Campus.
Morgan Hall is near the intersection of University Ave. and Oxford Ave. on the northwest corner of the UC Berkeley campus, between Mulford and Tolman Halls. Enter Morgan Lounge directly through the eastside of the building by the terrace.
A campus map showing Morgan Hall is available here: http://www.berkeley.edu/map/
International Rivers Network invites you to a lecture by Ali Askouri, Sudanese human rights activist.
Mr. Askouri, originally from a community that would be affected by the Merowe Dam (also known as the Hamadab Dam), currently lives in exile in London. Formerly a senior officer for the Central Ministry of Planning in Sudan, he is currently the President of the Leadership Office of Hamadab Affected People. He coordinates the struggle to protect the rights of people threatened by the Merowe Dam.
The Merowe Dam will displace more than 50,000 people from the Nile Valley to the Nubian Desert. In addition to its serious livelihood impacts, the project will tear apart communities, increase diseases, and have far-reaching environmental impacts. The 174-km-long reservoir will inundate an area of Sudan rich in history dating back 5,000 years.
Dissent has been met with violent repression, yet the affected people continue the struggle to have their voices heard.
International Rivers Network protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them. IRN opposes destructive dams and the development model they advance, and encourages better ways of meeting people's needs for water, energy and protection from destructive floods. IRN has supported Ali Askouri's work since 2004.