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June 24, 2004

Sudan Civil War, Peace Prospects Focus Of June 28 Lecture

"The Impact of Civil War and Prospect for Peace" will be the focus of a special summer lecture sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs (IP) from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, June 28, in the International Center Lounge on the UI campus. It is free and open to the public and a light lunch will be served.

Ubuch Ujwok, a volunteer with the IP Outreach Unit, will discuss the impact of war and peace in this region of the world. Sudan has been in a civil war since 1955, one year before it achieved independence from Great Britain. Ujwok says he will discuss the successive governments of Sudan, which have been responsible for the suffering of the Sudanese people.

Ujwok adds that the war and its related effects have killed 2 million people in South Sudan since 1983, apart from what is taking place now in the Darfur region. He is a Southern Sudanese who came to the United States as a refugee more than seven years ago. He previously served as advisor to the coordinator of Operation Lifeline Sudan/UNICEF Chief of Operations and worked as senior consultant with Cooperative for American Relief Everywhere (CARE) in Nairobi, Kenya.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Buffy Quintero, IP outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or via e-mail at

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,