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For immediate release: 22 April 2004

Hon. Abel Alier, former Sudan vice-president,
to be keynote speaker at seminar on peace perspectives
to inaugurate photo exhibition on Sudan's struggle

Seminar: Monday 26 April 2004, 14:00-15:30
Exhibition: 26 April - 11 May 2004, 08:30-17:00 Monday-Friday
Ecumenical Centre, 150 route de Ferney, Geneva

A public seminar on the theme "Sudan: perspectives for peace and the role of civil society and the churches" featuring the Hon. Abel Alier, former vice-president of Sudan (1971-1981), will mark the inauguration of the photo exhibition "Between the Streams" on 26 April 2004, 14:00-15:30 at the Ecumenical Centre. The seminar will be chaired by the WCC general secretary and former ecumenical envoy to Sudan Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia.

Hosted by the World Council of Churches, the travelling photo exhibition "Between the Streams" shows the conflicts faced by the people driven from Sudan’s oil-rich and war-torn Western Upper Nile region and their daily lives. Originally opened in London’s St Paul’s Cathedral in May 2003, it was created by Danish writer and photographer Nicholas Strand and Italian architect and set-designer Luca Ruzza and produced by DanChurch Aid. It will be on public display at the Ecumenical Centre, from 26 April to 11 May 2004, 08:30-17:00, Monday-Friday.

Abel Alier is an internationally respected judge, human-rights lawyer and activist on behalf of Christians in the Sudan. Former vice-president of Sudan (1971-1981), he served as the first president of the High Executive Council of southern Sudan until the central government dissolved that body in 1983. He sits on the Permanent Court of International Arbitration in The Hague and is recognized as Sudan's most prominent Christian lawyer. His latest book is Southern Sudan: Too Many Agreements Dishonoured.

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