Muhamed Abubakr, a civil and human rights activist from Sudan, spoke Wednesday about how his experiences as a refugee from the Sudanese Civil War made him value activism.
At 14, he co-founded a Sudanese aid organization which gave aid to upward of 1,500 children and other vulnerable groups. Since then, he has led and worked with many other organizations that work to support women, the LGBTQ community and other persecuted groups.
“I have always been concerned with women’s rights not just for altruistic reasons but for my sisters," Abubakr said. "When I get engaged with all of these different causes like LGBT rights, it’s specifically for the people I know and who are affected by my silence.”
Rabbi Jenny Solomon, the senior Jewish educator for NC Hillel, spoke about the continued relevance of refugees in our world.
“As Jews, we have been refugees so many times over and it’s so much a part of our story but we’re certainly not the only ones," she said. "We’re living in a time when many people feel very vulnerable and one of the most powerful things we can do is hear each other’s stories.”