MARQUETTE – Simon Aban Deng, a refugee from Sudan and survivor of child slavery, will speak at Northern Michigan University at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Jamrich room 103.
A native of the Shiluk kingdom in southern Sudan, Deng narrowly escaped death as a young child during a government raid on his village. After being abducted by an Arab northerner at age 9, Deng spent several years as a domestic slave. He was often beaten by his owners, who threatened to remove his feet and hands if he complained. The owners urged him to convert to Islam and become accepted as their own son, but Deng refused and escaped shortly after.
Deng is now an American citizen working as a lifeguard on Coney Island and fighting to stop genocide in Sudan. He has spoken at rallies alongside Gloria Steinem, and is devoted to reminding Americans about the thousands of children who remain in slavery today.
Sponsored by the Black Student Union, diversity student services, the Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee, and the student activity fee, this event is open to the general public. There is a $1 general admission charge for everyone except NMU students with ID.
For more information, contact Natasha Garcia at 227-4568 or Chantia Vann at 227-4999.