In a recent New York Times article, Stephanie Puccetti, the International Rescue Committee’s senior emergency program coordinator in Nigeria was quoted as saying, “This crisis is sorely underfunded and has largely been ignored by the international community, despite the extreme violence and clear evidence of crisis levels of food insecurity.”
We invite you to join a distinguished panel who will discuss what is happening in the north and Middle Belt of Nigeria and what has fueled the crisis. Most importantly, we will explore why it is critical to stand with Nigeria and what can be done to deal with the current devastation and famine and ongoing threat of discrimination and terrorism.
In a call for world leaders to act on the crisis in Nigeria the program will feature Frank R. Wolf, Distinguished Senior Fellow, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative; Tiffany Lynch, Policy Analyst, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom; Dr. J. Peter Pham, Vice President, Atlantic Council and Director of the Council’s Africa Center; Charles Obiorah Kwuelum, Legislative Associate, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office; and Dr. Elijah Brown, Executive Vice President, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative
This event is cosponsored by the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative and the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute.
Tiffany Lynch, moderator, is a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom where she focuses on refugee and asylum issues, and religious freedom in Latin America, and Africa. Ms. Lynch received her Master’s degree in Anthropology and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Frank R. Wolf, keynote presenter. After serving 17 terms representing Virginia in the House of Representatives, Congressman Wolf retired to focus exclusively on human rights and religious freedom. In January 2015, Wolf joined the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, a newly created religious freedom group, as Distinguished Senior Fellow.
Dr. J. Peter Pham, panelist, is vice president of the Atlantic Council and director of the Council’s Africa Center. He serves as vice president of the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa and editor-in-chief of its peer-reviewed quarterly Journal of the Middle East and Africa.
Charles Obiorah Kwuelum, panelist, serves as Legislative Associate for the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office. He leads workshops, writes and speaks on U.S. policy toward Africa, Food Security and Food Justice, Global HIV/AIDS, and meets regularly with congressional offices and Administration officials to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy.
Dr. Elijah M. Brown, panelist, is the Executive Vice President of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative. He previously served as an Associate Professor of Religion at East Texas Baptist University, where he was also a Faculty-in-Residence and the founding Director of the Freedom Center, dedicated to advancing international religious freedom.