Category Archives: International

Amnesty magnifies the invisible

As published in the Campus Times

Amnesty International is a nonpartisan student organization that works together to engage the UR community on international human rights issues. President and senior Penni Spicer has been tabling in Wilson Commons for their upcoming event Invisible Children. The event brings to Rochester an organization that serves young Ugandans who are threatened with abduction from their villages, being forced into war. Over 2 million children have been displaced over the past 20 years in the civil war-torn country.

Next Monday’s event will include a screening of the organization’s new documentary, as well as two men who will provide firsthand accounts of the turmoil in Uganda.

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http://www.campustimes.org/2010/09/30/amnesty-magnifies-the-invisible/

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Shropshire’s peace of music

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In 1999, on an ordinary afternoon, music instructor Liz Shropshire was driving to the home of one of her piano students while listening to National Public Radio. Shropshire, who has over 20 years of experience in instructing emotionally troubled students from four to 60 years of age, had an illustrious career as a teacher in Los Angeles.

But her afternoon went from ordinary to life altering after she heard one particular story that troubled her. The NPR news reporter was interviewing women who were thrown out of their homes in Kosovo and had to resort to living in refugee camps in Albania. The conditions of their homeland were abysmal — former president of the Socialist Republic of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing of Kosovo’s minorities and the retaliatory NATO bombings left them husbandless and sonless. All that they had left were their firsthand youngest children and the clothes on their backs.

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http://www.campustimes.org/2010/09/30/shropshire’s-peace-of-music/

In 1999, on an ordinary afternoon, music instructor Liz Shropshire was driving to the home of one of her piano students while listening to National Public Radio. Shropshire, who has over 20 years of experience in instructing emotionally troubled students from four to 60 years of age, had an illustrious career as a teacher in Los Angeles.

But her afternoon went from ordinary to life altering after she heard one particular story that troubled her. The NPR news reporter was interviewing women who were thrown out of their homes in Kosovo and had to resort to living in refugee camps in Albania. The conditions of their homeland were abysmal — former president of the Socialist Republic of Serbia and Yugoslavia Slobodan Milosevic’s ethnic cleansing of Kosovo’s minorities and the retaliatory NATO bombings left them husbandless and sonless. All that they had left were their firsthand youngest children and the clothes on their backs.

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Haiti relief overdue

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It’s only been 10 days since Haiti was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake at 4:53 p.m. – its greatest earthquake in 240 years. For anyone who knows or may know someone from Haiti, it’s capital, Port-Au-Prince, is densely populated with poor building infrastructures. The location and timing of the earthquake was a formula for disaster and high casualties.

Since the catastrophe befell Port-Au-Prince, there’s been an estimated 72,000 dead bodies found – that’s with the exclusion of the amount of bodies found by the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti and the bodies that were burned or buried by the family members of the deceased. Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive estimates that there might be as many as 150,000 left dead. And with several aftershocks, including yesterday morning’s powerful magnitude 6.1 aftershock, the toll may continue to go up.

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http://www.campustimes.org/2010/01/21/haiti-relief-overdue/

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