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The Remembrance Project : DARFUR

Presented by

Closing remarks by

Human Rights Officer
UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect

Monday, May 20, 2013

7:00 p.m.

The Three Jewels
61 Fourth Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets)
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10003



The roots of the Darfur conflict can be traced back to the 1950s, when fighting began between Sudan, Libya and Chad, and the influence of Arab supremacy that subsequently followed. After years of fighting and governmental support of Arab Janjaweed militias, the conflict finally reached a breaking point in 2003. Since then, 2.8 million people have been displaced, while nearly 500,000 have lost their lives due to the insurgency and counter-insurgency.

Following the highly acclaimed Holocaust and Rwanda performances of Red Shirt's Remembrance Project, the production company has announced details for the third installment, which will focus on Darfur.

Red Shirt's depiction of the tragedy will greatly focus on the women who have fallen victim to such a poisonous environment. The entire cast will be comprised of female performers while a portion of all ticket proceeds will go toward the Darfur Women Action Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims and survivors of the Darfur genocide here in the US and back in Sudan. As was the case with the first two installments, the event will include music, poems and testimonies about the atrocities.

"The conflicts that we depicted in the first two installments obviously weighed very heavily on our hearts. However, acknowledging the genocide in Darfur takes on a different feel because the events are still happening today," Red Shirt Producing Artistic Director Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj stated.

"In addition to entertaining, Red Shirt's goal is to inform," said Red Shirt Executive Producer Frank O'Brien. "In the case of Darfur, we won't be simply giving the audience a window into the past. We will be illuminating something they still have the power to actually change today."

Claudia Diaz works as a Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect.

Prior to this position, she spent 10 years working with the United Nations in different conflict and post-conflict countries, such as Guatemala, Nepal, Sudan (Darfur), Timor-Leste and Venezuela. Her work focused on issues related to international human rights law and international humanitarian law, including investigations into allegations of violations of those norms.

Ms. Diaz has also held positions with the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with the national human rights institution of Afghanistan. She holds an advanced degree in Law and a Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation.