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May 8 , 2007
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'Voices of Courage' honoree to speak at EMU May 17

YPSILANTI - Noraida Adang Abdullah Karim, the 2007 recipient of the “Voices of Courage” Award from the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, will visit EMU and speak May 17, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., in room 203 of the Porter Building. The event, which is sponsored by the Social Foundations of Education Program (Teacher Education Department) and CERPA (the Teacher Education Department’s Colloquium on Educational Research, Practice, and Advocacy) at EMU, is free and open to the public. For information, call 734.769.7965.

Noraida Adang Abdullah Karim, left, shares lessons with a colleague in Cotabato (photo courtesy Consulate General, Philippines)
The title of Karim’s lecture is “From the Ravages of War to Embracing Peace: Reflections on Years Living in Evacuation Camps.” Karim will share her experiences as coordinator of the food assistance project for Community and Family Services International (CFSI) in the conflict-affected communities of the Philippines.

“This is an excellent opportunity for the EMU community and public to learn about the Filipino transition from war to peace and about living and working with displaced Filipino Muslims,” said Joe Bishop, associate professor of teacher education. “We are very pleased to have this opportunity.”

When war broke out in the Philippines in 2000 it resulted in the displacement of more than 93,000 people and the start of CFSI activity. Karim joined CFSI in March 2001 as a community organizing officer, helping large numbers of displaced persons return to their communities of origin and begin making the transition from conflict to peace.

Karim led the “Arms are for Hugging Project,” that has helped to ensure that more than 600 formerly out-of-school children have access to primary education in their own community.


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