Friday, March 19, 2010
U.S. Special Envoy in Pittsburgh 20 March
Will Discuss Darfur and South Sudan as Critical Elections Loom
On Saturday, March 20, 2010, Scott Gration, Maj Gen USAF (Ret), President Obama's Special Envoy for Sudan, will be in Pittsburgh to discuss U.S. Policy in Sudan (including Darfur). His appearance is being sponsored by the Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition and is being hosted by Carnegie Mellon University at 8:00 pm in Porter Hall 100. General Gration is the point person for U.S. Sudan policy. His visit to CMU falls one month before critical elections and several months before a referendum on independence for the South which will shape Sudan's future -- and likely that of the millions of displaced persons from Darfur in the western part of the country -- for generations to come. The Hon. Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, Head of Mission of the Government of South Sudan, and retiring national Save Darfur President Jerry Fowler, who has just returned from a trip to Darfur and South Sudan, will join Gen.Gration in the free public presentation. Gen. Gration's visit is correlated with a "Summit on the Way Forward in Darfur and South Sudan," a national diaspora and activist conference organized by the Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition (PDEC), in cooperation with Carnegie Mellon University, the Save Darfur Coalition, Global Solutions Pittsburgh and the Sudanese Community in Pittsburgh.
Opening Ceremonies for the Summit will be held on Friday, March 19, 4 pm on the lawn near the clock tower at Carnegie Mellon University.
Signs of 136 villages destroyed in South Sudan during the Civil War from 1983-2005 will be added to a display of signs of destroyed villages of Darfur.