BU Students For Social Justice Address Needs Of Refugees

Nov. 27, 2001

by Lori Scott Fogleman

A Baylor University student organization plans to focus attention this week on the needs and political conditions of displaced and impoverished people, not only in Afghanistan but throughout the world.

Students for Social Justice will set up an information table from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 27-29, in the Bill Daniel Student Center.

Sasha Ross, a graduate student in church-state studies, said the organization's goals are to increase awareness of impoverishment that can be caused by political strife and to provide venues of action for people to help through time, monetary contributions or verbal support. Information at the table will be provided by religious and non-governmental organizations that are currently addressing the needs and the political situation of refugees, including the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, Shelter Now International, Oxfam, UNICEF and Adventist Development and Relief Agency.

"This is an important event, both because winter has already arrived in Afghanistan, and because we need to counter the popular image that the essence of being American is consumerism," Ross said. "There is a lot of celebration over the release of the Shelter Now aid workers, and with the holidays in the air, now is the best time to work for bettering the situation of others all around the world, as Heather Mercer and Dayna Curry were doing through Shelter Now."

For more information, contact Ross at sashaross@hotmail.com .

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