Comments on Darfur Lecture


I met you at the “Darfur” lecture on the Univ. of St. Thomas campus. I really enjoyed the lecture – wish it could have been longer. Anyway, I wanted you to know how much I admire you – as a woman – being an attorney and using your skills to fight on behalf of those who can’t fight for themselves. I sat there listening to the both of you with such admiration for what you are doing. I kept thinking – I wish I had become an attorney – because this is a cause worth fighting for.

I know you must have paid a high price to do what you do. And I wanted to tell you this: I worked for an attorney for 5 years and saw it all (the wheeling and dealing that goes on) and trust me – one day they will all stand before God and give an account of what they did with their skills and abilities. They will be judged for whether they really helped defend those who needed their help (those that – there would be no one to plead there case, there would be no one to cry for justice on there behalf – unless someone like you stood up and said – I will do it) or whether they just went after money.

I just wanted to encourage you and say that in God’s eyes, you are doing the right thing – using your skills and talents for good – to defend the poor and oppressed. And one day when your life is done and you stand before him, Wanda – I know that he will be smiling at you, he will say “thank you” (and Raymond) for being willing to use you talents to stand up for those who don’t have a voice of their own. He knows the price you have paid and all I can tell you is “It will all be worth it”. You will have His reward and it will be much greater than any earthly possessions this world has to offer.

God bless you both – keep up the fight. And when you get to heaven and see all the faces of those innocent children, (who were slaughtered for greed and hate)in Darfur smiling at you and hugging you and telling you “thank you for coming to our defense and helping to stop the killing”. Trust me everything you have been through will ALL be worth it!!

Blessings to you both.

Heather Kirk

Bearing Witness: Raymond Brown Believes No One Is Beyond Redemption, New Jersey Super Lawyers news article by Michael Y. Park (April 2009)
Sudan Victim Lawyers recount their experience with the ICC so far, VRWG Bulletin (Summer/Autumn 2007)
Intermediaries in Peril, Institute for War and Peace Reporting by Katy Glassborow (July 2008)
Legal Representatives for Darfur Victims, Attorneys Raymond M. Brown and Wanda M. Akin, Urge United Nations Security Council Not To Defer Indictment of Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashirs read full press release.
Letter to the members of the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council opposing a deferral of the indictment of Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, the President of Sudan issued on March 4, 2009