Members of the Brown community are invited to attend a vigil at 7:00 p.m. this evening to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915. During World War I, an estimated 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children were killed at the hands of the Ottoman Empire. This date marks a moment of reflection and prayer for the lives that were lost. Though many scholars have studied the Genocide, it often does not receive the same popular attention that other crimes against humanity have, so we hope there will be a great turnout.
The event will take place in front of Salomon and is sponsored by the Chaplains’ Office.
Head over to the Main Green tonight at 6 p.m. to participate in a vigil for Bahraini human rights activist Abdulhadi Al Khawaja. Falsely imprisoned for life over a year ago by the Bahraini government for taking part in a pro-democracy marches, Al Khawaja is on a hunger strike that is into its 10th week. Media exposure and international outcry is part of what is keeping Al Khawaja alive, and tonight’s vigil will raise awareness of the continued abuse of human rights, violence against peaceful protesters, and false arrests of activists in Bahrain and the world over misfortunes that Al Khawaja is fighting to end.
Al Khawaja’s plight is especially relevant to Brown students because his daughter, Maryam, was a Fulbright Fellow here in 2009 and served as an Arabic TA. Both she and her father are members of the Brown community, so come out to the Main Green tonight at 6 p.m. and show your support for Abdulhadi Al Khawaja!