Students travel up and down state to raise awareness of Darfur crisis.
Pomona College junior Melinda Koster has set off on a summer-break road trip with a serious purpose. Koster and four other students from the Claremont Colleges are traveling up and down California on an 11-day campaign to bring attention to the crisis in Darfur, the region of Sudan devastated by an ethnic conflict rife with killing and rape.
Stopping in cities from San Diego to Stockton, Koster and the other students are visiting schools, synagogues, public places and the state capitol to inform people about the genocide in Darfur. They will raise relief funds by selling "Stop genocide in Sudan" shirts, collect petition signatures and visit the San Francisco offices of U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.
Koster is traveling with Betsy Marder (Pitzer College), Talia Kahn (Claremont McKenna), Daniela Urban (Scripps) and Candice Camargo (Claremont McKenna). The students believe it is important to bring spread information about the crisis beyond college campuses.
"Ultimately, we hope to inspire other people to engage in activism around this issue,'' writes Koster. "We need more active and concerned citizens in order to finally raise awareness and stop this genocide."
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