Title: South African Anti-Apartheid Summit
Organ: Crisis Committees
Chair: Risha Rohera
Crisis Director: Medha Sharma
My name is now 46664. Before it was Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. But now I am here with you, in this prison, this island where we are secluded from a society we were changing too fast and too brightly. You are my brothers, brave men, who sought to fight the Apartheid regime of South Africa and have been punished for your actions. You have been sentenced to years of prison. You have been beaten. Your communication has been restricted. You have not eaten and not allowed to exercise. You may fear for your life.
But fear not. For we together can rise above our base surroundings. We can craft a movement to change Africa for the better. On this forsaken island we will craft history and defy our oppressors. It will not be easy. The prison guards surrounding us will seek to restrict our communication with the outside world. They may even restrict our own internal communication should we outwardly display signs of protest. Thus, our art will be one of subterfuge and education. We will smuggle out messages with family, inside food and footballs, and through more innovative ideas we have yet to craft.
I am a revolutionary, trained in law, who saw the inevitability of violent action when our white oppressors failed to rectify an illegal, unlawful and unrighteous system of segregation. Some of you know me from my days in the African National Congress. Others were my brothers in arms in Umkhonto we Sizwe, and some were my teachers when learning the art of militia and sabotage in Ethiopia, Egypt and Tunis. And a very select few know me from my days in the South African Communist Party, though none dare speak of it.
But we are all together now. We must learn from each other and develop a new plan to either get out of prison, or at least fulfill our goals from inside. I am prepared to die here. But you may not be. Ask yourself whether a country where black and colored people are abused is worth living for. And instead, act to change it through every fiber of your beings.
Over the next few weeks, months, even years, we will develop a common strategy for what to do when we have left prison. We will seek to leverage our friends, the press and the international community to have the prison release us. And we WILL continue our march towards freedom, directing the many organizations you were all central to creating. Here, we will serve with pride. This will not be easy. This will not be expected. But this will be a moment history shall never forget.
Welcome, to Robben Island.
Welcome to ILMUNC India! My name is Risha Rohera, and it is my distinct pleasure to serve as your Chair for the South African Anti-Apartheid Summit Committee for the weekend. I could not be more excited for the conference the ILMUNC India Secretariat has been so diligently planning to unravel in November.
Before we get started, I'd like to tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California, a coastal suburb in the sprawling city of Los Angeles. However, in 7th and 8th grade I found myself living a short two years in Bangalore, India. Fast forward to the present day, and now you can find me in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I am currently a sophomore studying at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, possibly concentrating in Finance and Managing Electronic Commerce. I began competing in Model United Nations in my sophomore year of high school, and I now serve as the Under-Secretary-General of Crisis Committees for Penn's Collegiate Model UN Conference, UPMUNC. Besides being a huge MUN geek, I am super into jamming to new EDM or mainstream music, running when I get the motivation to, or striking up a random conversation with someone new on Penn's campus.
The ILMUNC India secretariat is dedicated to making this year's conference the best it ever has been. Come prepared and excited to engage for the weekend -- we hope to provide you with a weekend of intense, exciting, and rewarding debate. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I am extremely excited to meet you all in November!
Congratulations on choosing ILMUNC India! I'm Medha Sharma and I will be your Crisis Director for the South African Anti-Apartheid Summit this year. I'm honored and really excited to be staffing this conference--it's my first time so I wanted to introduce myself a bit before delving into the meat of our topic.
I was born and raised in London, England, before moving to the United States and settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I'm studying the Biological Basis of Behavior, minoring in Healthcare Management, and hope to someday become a doctor.
Aside from being involved in Model UN through the International Affairs Association, you can spot me around campus in other groups. I'm the Assistant Director and a cast member for Bloomers, Penn's all-female musical sketch comedy troupe. In addition, I'm involved in student government as Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences and am a peer advisor for incoming freshmen. I also volunteer at the HMS School for Cerebral Palsy, am a counselor for Camp Kesem--a summer camp for children whose families have been touched by cancer, and am a volunteer coordinator at a hypertension clinic. Apart from my extracurricular activities, I am conducting attention and learning studies as a research assistant in a neuroscience lab.
I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to working with and getting to know each of you. One of the best parts of this conference is that it is attended and staffed by such amazing and wonderful human beings, so I encourage you to get to know them well throughout. I'm excited to experience intelligent discussion and debate, but even more so to meet you all!