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06-28-2012

Former Ugandan Child Soldier Ricky Richard Anywar to Speak at Clarkson University

Rebuilding a War-ravaged Community in Northern Uganda

Former Ugandan child soldier Ricky Richard Anywar will speak on “Rebuilding a War-ravaged Community in Northern Uganda" at Clarkson University on Tuesday, July 3.

Former Ugandan child soldier and founder and executive director of Friends of Orphans Ricky Richard Anywar meets with Clarkson University students in Uganda. Anywar will share his experiences helping to rehabilitate, re-integrate, and empower orphaned youth, children and young mothers and building a sustainable community in Pader, northern Uganda, which was devastated by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.

Anywar's talk will be from 10-11:30 a.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall (hill campus) Room 330. Light refreshments will be provided.

The event is free and open to the public, but due to limited space, RSVP by Monday, July 2, to suew@clarkson.edu or 315-268-2300

Anywar is founder and executive director of Friends of Orphans (FRO) in Uganda, which works to reintegrate child soldiers into their home communities, train internally displaced persons in conflict management and resolution, increase food production, and foster sustainable development through enterprise. Read more about FRO at http://frouganda.org .

Clarkson University is working with FRO to help establish a community-based radio station in Pader. As part of the School of Business' global business programs, a group of Clarkson students visited FRO and the site for the proposed radio station in May.

Anywar is the recipient of several awards, including the Harriet Tubman Freedom Award from Free the Slaves, and the Humanitarian Award from World of Children for his outstanding work in rebuilding his community. He has been recognized by the International Research Exchange Board for his accomplishments.

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[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/ranywar.jpg .)

Photo caption: Former Ugandan child soldier and founder and executive director of Friends of Orphans Ricky Richard Anywar meets with Clarkson University students in Uganda. Anywar will speak on “Rebuilding a War-Ravaged Community in Northern Uganda" at Clarkson University on Tuesday, July 3.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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