Springfield, Ore., Student Imprisoned In Sudan

Aug 2, 2012

A Lane Community College student was arrested last month in Sudan during a peaceful student protest. The President of LCC is urging public support to help get him out of prison and back home to Oregon.

Rudwan Dawod came to Lane County in 2010. The Darfur native married an American woman and settled in Springfield. She is expecting their first child. Dawod was in Sudan this summer leading a reconciliation project for the U.S. based non-governmental organization Sudan Sunrise.

LCC President Mary Spilde says he is "one of our own."

Spilde: "And I think it's just important that when someone is detained in this way that we do everything we can to raise awareness and see what can be done to bring him home."

A report on the Sudan Sunrise website says Dawod endured several days of torture in prison in Khartoum. He was charged with "criminal organization and terrorism" which could result in the death penalty.

Copyright 2012 KLCC

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