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Human rights activist to speak at Northern State University
ABERDEEN, S.D. – A human rights activist and former
refugee will discuss issues in her homeland of Burma and the new Karen population in South Dakota at Northern State University.
 
Myra Dahgaypaw will speak at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in NSU’s Krikac Auditorium. “A Conversation about Burma and the Karen,” which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the NSU Center of Excellence in International Business and Entrepreneurship, Office of International Programs and NSU Honors Program.
 
Dahgaypaw spent about 12 years as an internally displaced person and 17 years as a refugee. She has lost many family members and friends to the brutality of Burma’s military regime, and she has played a strong role in her community as an organizer and a human rights advocate since age 13. Her goal is to make sure that genocide in Burma is not forgotten, and to bring more attention to such issues in order to help prevent genocide from continuing.
 
Dahgaypaw is currently the campaigns coordinator for the U.S. Campaign for Burma in Washington, D.C. She has been a member of the Karen Women’s Organization, a board member of the Karen American Communities Foundation, a former Burmese human rights advocate at the United Nations and a recipient of the Carl Wilkens Fellowship with Genocide Intervention Network.
 
She also will speak at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Huron Community Campus. Both presentations may contain graphic content and are recommended for ages 16 and up. For more information about either event, contact Liz Hannum, coordinator for Northern’s Center for Excellence in International Business and Entrepreneurship and NSU Study Abroad coordinator, at 605-626-3178 or liz.hannum@northern.edu.