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Discussion on Political Oppression/Torture to be Held
APRIL 7, 2006--The issue of political oppression and torture is the topic
of the next University of Wisconsin-River Falls’ "Coffee with
'The Times'" University Communications series on April 13 at 11:15 a.m. in the
Chalmer Davee Library atrium on campus.
Blake Fry, dean of student development and campus diversity and member
of the volunteer speakers bureau of the Center for Victims of Torture,
will present "Life after Torture: Political Oppression in Africa."
Minnesota is home to some 30,000 torture survivors as well as large communities
of immigrants who fled conflict and oppression in Africa, Southeast Asia
and Eastern Europe. The Minnesota-based Center for Victims of Torture
(CVT), which is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded
in 1985, is one of the first organizations of its kind in the United States
and third in the world to give comprehensive assessment and care to those
from Africa, Asia and Europe.
In 2005, approximately 90 percent of those receiving services, such as
medical treatment, nursing care, psychotherapy, physical therapy, massage
therapy and social services, were from Africa.
The discussion will focus on articles from the New York Times that highlight
government-sponsored oppression that has taken place in African nations
such as Sierra Leone and Liberia. Fry will also discuss how Twin Citians
are reaching out to improve the lives of those who have suffered from
The American Democracy Project and the New York Times Readership Program
at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls sponsor the series. For more
information, contact Blake Fry at 715-425-3711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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