DATE:  March 23, 2006       
CONTACT: Rhonda Williamson, Coordinator of the Women’s Center, (361) 825-5531; or Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336      
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WHO:             Presbyterian Missionary bobbie-frances McDonald
WHAT:           “Never Again is Now: The Crisis in Sudan” Lecture and Discussion       
WHEN:           Friday, March 24 from 1 to 2 p.m.
WHERE:        University Center, Bayview Room 320  

Missionary bobbie-frances McDonald to Give Eyewitness Account of Human Devastation Caused by Civil War in Sudan

Presbyterian missionary bobbie-frances McDonald will give a first-hand account of the human crisis caused by decades of civil war in Sudan during a lecture titled "Never Again is Now: The Crisis in Sudan”  on Friday, March 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview Room 320. McDonald’s lecture, which is sponsored by the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Women’s Center as part of Women’s History Month, is free and open to the public.

McDonald, founder of the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum, has traveled extensively throughout Sudan over the past six years. The title of her lecture is a reference to the vow of “Never Again” made by world leaders in the wake of the atrocities of the World War II Holocaust.

Following five decades of civil war, violence escalated in the Sudan's Danfur region in 2003. In 2004, a United Nations report found disturbing patterns of massive human rights violations in Danfur, many of which may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity. An estimated two million people have died as a result of the civil war in the North African country.