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Students in California, Georgia to Connect with Darfuri Refugees in Chad

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Students in California, Georgia to Connect with Darfuri Refugees in Chad

Posted by Enough Team on March 28, 2011

Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Meghan Higginbotham, mhigginbotham@enoughproject.org,

WASHINGTON – The Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program is facilitating two live video conversations between high school students in Alpharetta, GA and Burbank, CA and Goz Amer refugee camp in eastern Chad.

Details:

Where: Alpharetta High School, Alpharetta, GA

When: Wednesday March 30th, 8:00 a.m. EST

Local contact: Neil Chaudhary, neil444@gmail.com, 404-921-8627

Where: Burbank High School, Burbank, CA 

When: Wednesday March 30th, 6:45 a.m. PST (9:45 a.m. EST)

Local contact: Christina Fahad, christinasbooks87@yahoo.com818-445-0741

Background:

Nearly 3 million people have been forced to flee their homes since 2003 because of the ongoing conflict in the Darfur region of western Sudan. Most people have moved to camps for the internally displaced within Sudan, but there are more than 271,000 Darfuri refugees currently living in eastern Chad.

The Darfur Dream Team is a dynamic partnership of organizations and professional basketball players working together on the Sister Schools Program, an initiative linking American middle schools, high schools and universities with schools in 12 Darfuri refugee camps in eastern Chad.

Its mission is to provide a quality education to every refugee child from Darfur, and to develop personal connections between students from Darfur and the United States that promote mutual understanding.

The Darfur Dream Team was started following NBA star Tracy McGrady’s trip to the Darfuri refugee camps. After spending days hearing the harrowing stories of young Darfuris and of their incredible thirst for a better education, he decided to act and the Darfur Dream Team Sister Schools Program was born as an initiative of the Enough Project.