The "Remembering Omran Bus Tour," a campaign to end U.S. sanctions against Iraq, is making stops in the Triangle beginning Sunday and ending today. Tour participants will present arguments against sanctions at 5 p.m. today in 8 Gardner Hall and 7 p.m. today in Union 211.
The tour group contacted Students United for a Responsible Global Environment, a campus organization that promotes human rights, and the Raleigh-based Iraq Action Coalition to arrange programs in Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill.
The tour has already visited several area churches and Duke University.
According to a press release, the tour's namesake, Omran Harbi Jawair, was a 13-year-old Iraqi shepherd boy killed last May in a U.S. bombing campaign in Iraq's southern no-fly zone.
The tour, which is now on its second leg, will make 80 stops in 18 states during a 10-week period ending in May.
The first leg of the tour covered the western United States between October and December.
"It's going really fabulously well," said Simon Harak, a speaker with the tour. "We've had a wonderful reception on the West Coast, and the East Coast has been every bit as good, if not better."
Harak said he hopes those attending the events will learn the realities of life in Iraq, become aware of misinformation and see the potential within themselves to advocate policy changes.
For one of the speakers, learning about the sanctions in Iraq led him to postpone his college education and eventually join the tour.