Hundreds of Edmontonians donned their walking shoes on Saturday and took to the streets to show support for the plight of over 1.8 million people affected by civil war and violence in the African nation of Uganda.
The third annual GuluWalk Edmonton kicked off at Churchill Square on 20 October with a 5km or 12.5km walk. This global event was designed to raise awareness about the humanitarian situation in Northern Uganda, particularly the problem of “night commuters.”
Jamil Jivraj, a second-year science student at Concordia University College, and Lillian Du, a second-year science student at the U of A, have co-chaired the Edmonton Gulu Walk since its inception.
Jivraj spent six weeks last summer working at an HIV/AIDS clinic in Uganda’s capital, Kampala.
“In Africa, I was able to share what Gulu Walk is and the experiences that I’ve had co-chairing it with Lillian with the adolescents at the HIV/AIDS clinics,” Jivraj said. “They were just completely overwhelmed with gratitude that people with computers and people with Internet and fancy clothes are bothering to take time out of the lives and share in their suffering.”
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