Two Boston-area institutions, Physicians for Human Rights and Merrimack College, are using artistic and cultural tools to raise awareness of the ongoing suffering in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Physicians for Human Rights, the Cambridge-based activist organization, is sponsoring a new exhibition by Boston artists Elizabeth Hathaway and Joan Ryan titled “Make Believe.” The exhibition, described as "a multi-media response to the effects of war on women and children in Darfur," opens with a reception from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, at Atlantic Works Gallery, 80 Border Street, 3rd Floor, East Boston.
Also on show will be photographs from Darfur and neighboring Chad taken by doctors and human rights staffers, some of them taken on a November trip where doctors interviewed women in refugee camps in Chad who have been victims of rape and sexual abuse. Here's a link to the report, “Nowhere to Turn: Failure to Protect, Support and Assure Justice for Darfuri Women.”
Here's one photo, by Dr. Lin Piwowarczyk of Boston Medical Center, a co-author of the report who also is co-founder and co-director of the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights.
And Merrimack College in North Andover also is hosting a series of events on Darfur, during Darfur Week starting Sept. 28.
Events include a photo exhibit by six prominent artists, including rights activist Mia Farrow. Merrimack says the exhibit comes to the college through a partnership between Harvard Defense Against Genocide; Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur; The Sudanese Education Fund and Merrimack College’s Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations.
Other events include a film on Darfur, "The Devil Came on Horseback," and a workshop on the Sudan disinvestment campaign, presented by Eric Cohen, a co-founder and the Chairperson of Investors Against Genocide, a non-profit organization dedicated to convincing mutual fund and other investment firms to change their investing strategy to avoid complicity in genocide.
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About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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