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PRESBYTERIANS TO SPONSOR UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR
05 May 1996 13:05:00
95142 PRESBYTERIANS TO SPONSOR UNITED NATIONS SEMINAR
ON STATE OF THE WORLD'S REFUGEES
By Julian Shipp
LOUISVILLE, Ky.--The changing nature of the world's refugee problem and the
urgent need for new solutions will be examined in a seminar sponsored by
the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program and Presbyterian World Service Nov.
8-10 in New York.
The seminar, entitled "The State of the World's Refugees," will be
held at the United Nations Building, according to the Rev. Richard L.
Killmer, coordinator of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.
Conference participants will explore the complex causes that lie at
the root of refugee flows, including conflict, massive human rights abuses
and long-simmering social, political, economic and environmental tensions.
The seminar will also address the roles of the United Nations and
nongovernmental organizations, including the religious community, in
responding to the current refugee crisis.
"The scale and complexity of today's humanitarian crisis, such as can
be seen in Sudan, Rwanda, the Balkans and elsewhere, reflect the
instability of our time," Killmer said. "One symptom of the upheaval is the
increasing number of refugees worldwide, whose ranks have swelled from 2.5
million in 1970 to more than 23 million today. More than 80 percent of
these refugees are women and children."
According to Killmer, one such refugee is Nyawanga, a 30-year-old
Sudanese woman who had been running for months to escape the fighting
between the Sudanese army and the rebels in southern Sudan before she
finally fled her home country in January.
Eight months pregnant, Nyawanga was forced to make a 100-mile trek on
foot across difficult terrain from Kapoeta, Sudan, to Lokichoggio in Kenya.
She gave birth to the youngest of her three children, a daughter, during
Killmer said that although Nyawanga's infant will never remember the
first days of her life on the road, she is not likely to forget their
legacy, which is embedded in the name her family chose for her, Nyawaur,
which means "running."
The registration deadline for the seminar is Sept. 5. The
registration fee is $120, including most meals, briefings, resources and a
United Nations tour. For those requiring lodging, accommodations in
three-person suites at a midtown Manhattan hotel are available for $100 per
Additional information and registration forms are available from the
Presbyterian United Nations Office, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY
The Presbyterian United Nations Office is part of the Presbyterian
Peacemaking Program, Congregational Ministries Division, and is funded by
the annual Peacemaking Offering.
For more information contact Presbyterian News Service
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Louisville, KY 40202
phone 502-569-5504 fax 502-569-8073
E-mail PCUSA.NEWS@pcusa.org Web page: http://www.pcusa.org
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