About 500,000 people live in the Dadaab refugee camps in Kenya, displaced by drought, famine and war. It is the world’s largest refugee camp and just one of the effects of what CARE calls “a massive humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.”
The University of Saskatchewan Crisis Relief Students Association has decided to act. The student group is holding a charity & entertainment night on Monday, March 19 at Louis’ Pub. It’s a 19+ event that will feature presentations about the refugee crisis in Dadaab, as well as a fashion show, music, dancing, singing and even poetry.
“Whenever we do fundraisers, we usually go to the Red Cross, but they’re not in the Horn of Africa,” said Faizah Jamil, president of the CRSA. Instead, proceeds from the charity event will go to the Global Enrichment Foundation, an NGO founded by Amanda Lindhout, a Canadian freelance journalist who was kidnapped in Somalia in 2008 and held for over a year. After her release, Lindhout became an advocate for greater action and aid in the Horn of Africa.
Tickets are $10, $15 at the door. Two presenters scheduled to speak at the event actually lived in Dadaab, and another worked there with WUSC, the World University Service of Canada.
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