[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

Nov. 27, 2001


Humanitarian Relief Authorities Gather at CUA for Forum on Afghanistan


Several high-profile humanitarian aid workers will gather at CUA to speak on the current crisis in Afghanistan.


The forum, entitled “The Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan: Challenges and Options for the International Community,” will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Life Cycle Institute Auditorium.


The following panelists are confirmed:


Raymond C. Offenheiser is the president of Oxfam America. He has worked in grassroots organizations around the world and has been employed by or consulted with the Ford Foundation, Inter-American Foundation, Save the Children Federation and the Grameen Bank.


Arthur C. Helton is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and an expert on forced migration and international humanitarian assistance.  He was formerly director of migration programs at the Open Society Institute and is author of “Forced Displacement and Human Security in the Former Soviet Union.”


James O’Connor is the director of overseas support with Catholic Relief Services.


Abigail Spring is the U.S. spokeswoman for the United Nations World Food Programme.


A representative also is expected from Doctors Without Borders.


The forum is sponsored by the Center for International Social Development and the Peace and Justice Studies Program of The Catholic University of America.


The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Associate Professor Michael Foley at 202-319-5999.





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