War Child director visits Saturday

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Want to get involved? Look no further than Compassion in Action, a student activist conference held this weekend at Western.

The conference will cover issues like development, extreme poverty and gender equity.

The highlight of the conference is Dr. Samantha Nutt’s keynote address Saturday at 7 p.m. Nutt, the executive director of War Child Canada, hopes to motivate students to be more active in the global community.

“From what I understand, the conference is really for people interested in global issues,” Nutt said. “If you’re motivated and concerned and passionate about human rights and the impact of war, I would encourage [you] to come out.”

In her speech Nutt will discuss her experiences with War Child, which she said have greatly influenced her life.

“I’ll be speaking about war and...very specifically about our connections to war, some of the broader issues and what people can do about them,” Nutt said.

“I’m going to be talking about some of my own experiences working in war zones and I’m going to try and put some context around that. I’m going to try and give people some opportunities for what they can do to be better citizens.

“I worked in Somalia in 1994 during the second wave of the famine... that was a very profound experience that changed the course of my life and my professional career,” she said.

“Also, I was in the Congo a couple of years ago and the war ended up escalating. [The fighting] was right on top of us and we had to be evacuated.”

Conference tickets are $20, which includes access to two meals at The Wave and admission to Nutt’s speech. The action kicks off Friday night. Registration begins in the University Community Centre at 5 p.m.

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