FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  March 21, 2006       
CONTACT: Rhonda Williamson, Coordinator of the Women’s Center, (361) 825- 5531; or Steve Paschal, Public Affairs, (361) 825-2336
Missionary to Speak About the Human Toll of Sudanese Civil War During Lecture at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
More than 2 million have died as result of North African country’s civil war

Presbyterian missionary Bobbie-frances McDonald will give a first-hand account of the human crisis caused by decades of civil war in the 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 at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. McDonald’s lecture, which is sponsored by the University Women’s Center as part of Women’s History Month, is free and open to the public.

Over the past six years, McDonald has traveled extensively throughout the Sudan. She is the founder of the Sudan Advocacy Action Forum, a grassroots organization committed to educating people of the crisis in Sudan and informing them of ways to support efforts for a just and lasting peace. 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. Government-backed Arab militias in the North African country have been accused of vicious atrocities against the ethnic African residents, and restrictions on relief organizations are causing problems with the delivery of food and medicine to over 100 refugee camps.
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.

According to the Institute on Religion and Democracy, the overall conflict in Sudan has claimed more than two million lives, displaced more than four million from their homes and forced tens of thousands of women and children into slavery.