Sudanese human rights activist Simon Deng will visit UMass Boston Wednesday, February 26 to speak about his personal experiences as a child slave in Sudan.
The event, hosted by UMB Hillel, the Black Student Center, and the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, will be held from 2-4 p.m. in Campus Center Ballroom C.
Simon Aban Deng is a refugee from Sudan and a survivor of child slavery. A native of the Shiluk Kingdom in southern Sudan, Deng spent several years as a domestic slave in northern Sudan.
As an adult, Deng worked as a messenger in the Sudanese parliament and as an advocate against the injustices perpetrated against Sudanese Africans in Khartoum. He later applied for political asylum in the U.S. Today he is an American citizen, and continues to lead the struggle to stop genocide and slavery in Sudan.
He has addressed audiences across the nation and around the world.