2014-12-24 / Community

Guest speaker at WHS reflects on genocide experience

Wells High School teacher Kevin O'Shaughnessy, left, is pictured with Arbab.

WELLS — Human rights activist, lecturer and secretary with the Darfur Community Center of Maine in Portland, El Fadel Arbab, spoke to sophomores at Wells High School in November.

Arbab, 31, was just 12 years old when he survived a murderous attack on his village in the region of Darfur in Sudan. The attack was carried out by the Janjaweed Militia, a group backed by the Sudanese government.

After enormous hardships with little resources but a strong will to survive plus hard work, Arbab eventually made it to a new life in America.

Today, Arbab speaks about genocide and his firsthand experiences with it.

Arbab, who spoke at WHS a year ago, was invited back to the school by the WHS Social Studies team which consists of Michelle Brann, Paula Brayson, Kevin O'Shaughnessy, and Kristen Thompson.

Genocide survivor El Fadel Arbab speaks to a group of Wells High School students on Nov.

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