Hundreds of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) students are sleeping outside in a three-night mock refugee camp through Thursday night, October 25th, to raise awareness and learn about the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

The LMU event coincides with Amnesty International’s “Day to Take Action on Darfur.” Amnesty International has charged the United Nations with not taking action against the violence in Sudan.

“Day to Take Action on Darfur” was established in protest of United Nations Day, Wednesday, October 24th, which celebrates the formation of the United Nations in 1945.

As part of LMU’s event, 1997 Nobel Prize laureate Jody Williams, recognized for her work with the “International Campaign to Ban Landmines,” was scheduled to speak at LMU’s Burns Back Court Wednesday, October 24th, focussing on the concept that ordinary people can do extraordinary things and speaking to students about violence, genocide and the human rights situation in Darfur.