Hundreds turn out for genocide awareness walk in La Jolla

More than 200 walkers hit the pavement in La Jolla Sunday morning to take a stand for human rights in the third annual Walk to End Genocide.
 
The event, hosted by Jewish World Watch, is the first of a series of walks across the state.

Abdi Ali showed 10News pictures of the genocide in Ogaden, Ethiopia, that he says has been ongoing for decades.

"What the Ethiopian government does, is they come into villages, where they kind of displace and dislocate people in order to exploit the natural resources of the region," said Ali, a member of the Ogaden Youth & Student Union.

Ali and hundreds of others walked around Nobel Park in La Jolla to take a stand against genocide and other human rights violations across the world. Money raised goes to help refugees in the affected countries.

Students with the San Diego Jewish Academy helped organize Sunday's walk.

"It resonates very strongly with me cause I wouldn't be here without the work of righteous people who wanted to stop these genocides and save people," said Zander Cowan, a student at San Diego Jewish Academy.

Cowan says he and his friends organized the one-mile walk three years ago. He said that although many Americans may not be aware of the genocide in other countries, everyone can do their part to help the millions of refugees in need.

"We can't just stand idly by, we need to do something about it even if we're halfway around the world," Cowan said.
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