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Dialogues - Monia Mazigh

Dialogues- Monia Mazigh

Department of Student Life

October 15, 2009, 6:00pm

Rex's Den (formerly Bluff's Restaurant)

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Guest speaker Monia Mazigh is married to Maher Arar, a Canadian who was detained by immigration officials in 2002 at a New York airport on suspicions of links to terrorism, after which he was deported to Syria, unjustly imprisoned and tortured for more than a year. When her husband’s confinement began, she embarked on a tireless campaign to bring public attention and government action to his plight. After gaining his release and return to Canada, she recounted her experiences in a memoir, Hope and Despair: My Struggle to Free My Husband, Maher Arar. Mazigh was born and raised in Tunisia and immigrated to Canada in 1991. Mazigh will share her remarkable story of personal courage and discuss the ease with which supposedly “developed” countries can and will deny and discard human rights.

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