SAT. NOV 7 | Panel on Ethnic Hatred with Survivors of Conflict
So begins a weekend of amazing discussions, Part 1. On Saturday, 11/7 following the 3:00 PM performance of UNEXPLORED INTERIOR - Panel on "Ethnic Hatred with Survivors of Conflict" moderated by Andrea Barron from the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) with Elshafei Dafalla (from Sudan), H.R.H. Forchenmbin Charles (Cameroon), and Helen (pseudonym, Ethiopia)
Moderator: Andrea Barron directs the Advocacy and Outreach Program at the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) in Washington DC which provides social services, mental health counseling, pro bono legal services and advocacy training to survivors of torture from all over the world.
Panelists: HRH Forchenmbin Charles is a torture survivor from the English-speaking minority population of Cameroon. He taught English for 22 years and is also a playwright, poet and tribal chief. HRH Forchenmbin was tortured by the dictatorial regime of Paul Biya, who has held power for 33 years, for denouncing government corruption and speaking out against the persecution of Cameroon’s Anglophone minority.
Helen (a pseudonym) is a survivor and women's rights activist from Ethiopia who was forced by her family to marry when she was just 13 years old. She was brutally tortured by the Ethiopian dictatorship for joining a peaceful opposition political party and for campaigning against early marriage and female genital mutilation in her country. Elshafei Dafalla is an artist and human rights activist from Sudan and Chairman of TASSC's Board of Directors. He is an award winning sculptor, photographer, painter, and installation artist with a special interest in sound and video. His work has been celebrated for creating solidarity among communities and peoples across political, cultural, and racial differences. Elshafei has won different awards including the Martin Luther King Spirit Award from the University of Michigan in 2007 and the Golden Paintbrush Award from the city of Ann Arbor, MI in 2008.