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April 5, 2005

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LA CROSSE, Wis. -- African genocide survivor Obang Okello will share his incredible story as he presents Obang's Odyssey: Walking Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Main Theatre.
Living in a border village between Ethiopia and Sudan, Okello was just 11-years-old when he became a witness to the horrors of war. One day in school, a bomb exploded, engulfing the building in flames and killing all but 17 of his 2,400 classmates. After his narrow escape, he hid in the brush for three days while the military destroyed his village and killed most of the inhabitants.
Okello then embarked on a 40-day, 1,000-mile journey of courage and faith, walking barefoot to the distant refugee camps of Kenya, where even more challenges waited him. Okello survived to go on to graduate from Bethel College in St. Paul where he studied theology and business administration. He now works for a financial institution as an accountant while sharing his story in his spare time.
The presentation is sponsored by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and is part of the spring 2005 Ethics Lecture Series. Admission is free and open to the public.

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