Former slave treks to call attention to genocide

Jeanette Friedman
Jewish Standard

In this blogger’s era, marching on Washington seems like a quaint idea, but ex-slave Simon Deng’s 300-mile Sudan Freedom Walk from U.N. headquarters to the U.S. Capitol, which began on March 15 and ends on April 5, is anything but.

In America, Deng says, marching can make a difference, and it is one of the reasons he came here to live. He has been calling attention to the genocide in Darfur and southern Sudan and discovered that simply talking doesn’t work. So he and supporters who walk with him have taken this message to the streets and hopes Joe Average sees them, hears them, and acts.