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Congo Awareness Week 2009
October 19th through October 22nd

As part of the global celebration of Congo Week, the Bukavu Action Team (BAT) at Johns Hopkins University is sponsoring a series of campus events designed to inform the campus community about the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and about GLR and its projects in the country and region.

Scheduled events are as follows:

Monday, October 19th – Dr. Nancy Glass, Ph.D.
Dr. Glass, a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the Advisory Board of GLR, will speak about factors influencing the exile or reintegration of survivors of rape as a weapon of war in their communities in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  Location: Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Carpenter Room, 625 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205.

Tuesday, October 20th – Georges Mushayuma
Mr. Mushayuma, Vice-President of Operations at GLR, will give a presentation outlining GLR’s efforts to build the peace in the historical context of the DRC.  Location: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Sommer Hall (Room E2014), 615 North Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205.

Wednesday, October 21st – The Greatest Silence
A screening of Lisa Jackson’s disturbing film about the use of rape as a weapon of war in the DRC will be featured.  Location: Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus, Remsen Hall, Room 101, Baltimore, MD 21218.

Thursday, October 22nd - Expert Panel on "The Way Forward"
The week’s program will conclude with an expert panel discussion which will address “The Way Forward," followed by a short reception.  Location: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Armstrong Medical Education Building, West Lecture Hall (Room 153), 1600 McElderry Street, Baltimore, MD 21231.

Students from BAT chapters will be fundraising for several projects. For example, the School of Medicine chapter wants to supply doctors in the DRC with basic medical equipment and supplies; the School of Nursing will be raising funds to buy piglets for the Pigs for Peace project; and, the Bloomberg School of Public Health chapter is seeking to assist for young victims of the conflict in the DRC by supporting an orphanage in Goma.

For more information as to times and locations please contact GLR at or if you or your organization is unable to attend but would like to support GLR in this effort, please make a donation.

GLR and the Bukavu Action Team wish to express thanks to Johns Hopkins University, Women’s Health Action Group and Child Health Society, both at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Nursing Students in Global Health at the School of Nursing, for their support in facilitating this program.

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