On Wednesday, February 1, at 2PM, the Institute on Religion and Democracy, the Beja Congress, and the Beja Friends are hosting an event to highlight the culture, but most importantly, the PLIGHT, of the Beja people of eastern Sudan.
The Beja are yet another African Sudanese people group that is marginalized, oppressed, and persecuted by the regime in Khartoum. With Khartoum’s horrific extermination campaign taking place in the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile, and continued arming of militias to wreak havoc in South Sudan, it is important that visibility is given to other marginalized and oppressed people groups like the Beja. This demonstrates the scope of Khartoum’s atrocities and its audacious marginalization of 85% of the people of Sudan by a small, elitist regime (before the secession of South Sudan, the marginalized peoples of Sudan comprised 93% of the total population).
Beja Cultural Day has broad support from Sudan advocates, including our national alliance of advocates, Act for Sudan, as well as individual advocacy groups from across the country, and our Honorary Sponsor is the House Sudan Caucus.
Schedule of events for Beja Cultural Day Wednesday, February 1:
(Greetings and remarks from Members of Congress or other dignitaries to be interspersed whenever they arrive)
2:00 Welcome, introductions
2:15 Panel Presentations on the Beja
3:15 Q & A
3:30 Commemoration of the Port Sudan Massacre with Beja classical music selections
4:00 Music and dance, look at the exhibits, socialize