AUSTIN (KXAN) — University of Texas students are joining forces and hands for the victims of the bombing in Iraq.
The candlelight vigil will be held by the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program, a group of 23 students visiting UT Austin from Iraq. They hope to honor the victims, showing solidarity for those picking up the pieces in the aftermath of the attack. More than 200 people were killed July 3 after a truck bomb exploded in a Baghdad neighborhood.
The vigil will be Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at the Littlefield Fountain on UT campus at W 21st St.
The Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program is a joint program with UT sponsored by the Baghdad U.S. Embassy. The group members were selected from thousands of applicants across Iraq. The program aims to teach students about law, leadership and justice. In the past, the program has rebuilt destroyed university facilities, started book drives for refugees and founded a medical clinic. UT is one of four universities nationwide selected to host the program.