Never mind that he was only a high school student, and that Darfur was a world away from his home in Portland, Maine. Never mind that he is Jewish and Darfuris are Muslim--two groups with a long history of conflict. When he made contact with Darfuri refugees in Maine, they were so moved by his compassion and commitment to their cause that they made him an honorary member of their cultural group. Last spring Zuckerman hosted his Darfuri friends at his family’s Passover seder, which included a Haggadah with a supplement on Darfur.
At 18 years old, Zuckerman is considered one of the most outspoken advocates of the Darfuri cause in the U.S. He has spoken at colleges, universities, and before the Maine state legislature on behalf of Darfuris, many of whom have settled in Portland. He has lobbied congress on their behalf. He was instrumental in getting Maine to divest state funds from Sudan. Last spring, he organized two busloads of protesters who traveled from Maine to Washington D.C. for a Darfur rally.