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Relief official to discuss situation in Sudan, Sept. 23

"Sudan: The Crisis in Darfur" is the title of a lecture to be presented at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in 16 Robertson Hall. Emily Fries, a management support specialist in the Children in Emergencies and Crisis Unit of the non-governmental organization Save the Children, will speak.

While on assignment in March and April of 2004, she served as a member of the agency's emergency response team in West Darfur, Sudan, conducting a rapid needs assessment, establishing an office in West Darfur and initiating relief programs.

In June, she testified before the U.S. Congress' Human Rights Caucus about the situation in Darfur. From the agency's headquarters in Westport, Conn., Fries now serves as the point person for Save the Children's response in West Darfur.

During a previous temporary assignment in May and June of 2003, she played a key role in establishing Save the Children's presence in southern Iraq, including opening an office in Basra, hiring national staff and starting a landmine education program for Iraqi children.

The lecture is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs .

Contact: Tom Bartus (609) 258-3601

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