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Miami Dade College’s SAID Student Organization Plans Concert to Benefit Rape Victims in Congo

~Students hope to raise at least $20,000 for rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Miami, March 19, 2012 - Miami Dade College (MDC) students have joined forces with the international non-profit HEAL Africa to present H.E.R. Concert for Congo, an event to raise awareness and funds to heal, empower and rebuild lives in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This event will take place on Friday, Mar. 30, from 6 p.m. to midnight at the college’s Kendall Campus, Fred Shaw Memorial Plaza.   

H.E.R. Concert for Congo is an initiative of MDC’s Students Aiding International Development (SAID), a college-wide, student-run organization that teams up with international partners on specific projects to raise awareness about harsh and deplorable suffering in underdeveloped nations, and to improve those conditions. Established in 2009, SAID’s first event, the All-Nighter for Haiti, raised more than $20,000 to build tilapia farms in Haiti. In 2010, the group managed to procure nearly $30,000 toward sustainable food and housing programs.

In 2010, Senior United Nations Official Margot Wallstrom called the DRC “the rape capital of the world.” Mass rape continues to be used as a weapon of war by militia groups and national forces. For many years, conflict and violence have been the way of life, mainly over interests in the country’s abundant mineral resources, such as cobalt, diamonds, gold, copper, and the world’s largest supply of coltan, which is used to make electronic components in computers and cell phones.

SAID has set a goal to raise at least $20,000 in donations to support the construction of a safe house for rape victims in the DRC, where they can receive medical care, counseling and learn life skills and vocational training to get on their feet.

“Eighty percent of the world’s rape happens in Congo. We want to raise awareness about the situation there, and carry out the vision that was started with this organization since the beginning,” said Emily Dominguez, president of SAID for the Kendall Campus.  

H.E.R. Concert for Congo will feature music by three major local bands: Cris Cab, Jahfe and Jacob Jefferies. In addition, there will be art and dance performances throughout the night, Student clubs, as well as food and craft vendors, will set up tents.      

Admission is $5 in advance, and $10 at the door. To purchase tickets, visit Student Life offices at Kendall, Wolfson, InterAmerican, and North Campuses.  



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Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
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