The University of Iowa

Panel discussion about political situation in Sudan, April 8

March 30th, 2010

Three Sudanese University of Iowa students will discuss the current political situation in Sudan from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., April 8, at the Iowa City Public Library, meeting room D. Light refreshments will be served.  The event is free and open to the public.

The panel includes Hiba Ahmed, a graduate student in health sciences, along with Mahmoud Siddig and Joseph Khan, both undergraduate students in liberal arts and sciences. Together they will share their views on the upcoming elections scheduled for April, the arguments for and against another postponement of the elections, and the referendum on the separation of Sudan into two states scheduled for 2011.

Sudan is Africa’s largest country and has been at war since its independence in 1956 from Great Britain. It is divided by ethnicity, tribal differences, economic disparities, and religion. In less than one month, amid these divisions, the Sudanese people will participate in the first major elections in more than 25 years.

This panel discussion is sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, the Iowa United Nations Association and the UI Center for Human Rights, a part of UI International Programs.

For more information contact Liz Crooks at 319-335-3900 or