Save Darfur

Save Darfur

“The emergency in Darfur presents the starkest challenge to the world since the Rwanda genocide in 1994. A government-backed Arab militia known as Janjaweed has been engaging in campaigns to displace and wipe out communities of African tribal farmers.

Villages have been razed, women and girls are systematically raped and branded, men and boys murdered, and food and water supplies targeted and destroyed. Government aerial bombardments support the Janjaweed by hurling explosives as well as barrels of nails, car chassis and old appliances from planes to crush people and property. Tens of thousands have died. Well over a million people have been driven from their homes and humanitarian agencies have only limited access to the affected region.”

Reading about the Rwandan genocide has convicted me deeply about easily preventable humanitian disasters.  I invite you to learn all you can about the genocide in the Sudan and do what you can to raise awareness of this important issue.  Jordon compiled this list of links.

  • Civilians bear the brunt of the violence in Darfur
  • As expected, Wikipedia has ongoing coverage of the conflict
  • BBC on Darfur
  • Articles on the genocide in the Sudan Times
  • Darfur, the forgotten catastrophe
  • Unlike its response in Asia, the West has stood idly by while genocide, disease and famine ravage Africa
    1. #1 by Rev. Mike on January 24, 2005 - 1:56 pm

      Good post. A couple of weeks ago, the TV show Boston Legal had an episode I particularly liked where the firm argued that since the U.S. had intervened in previous situations and by failing to intervene in this one, they had effectively given the green light to this particular genocide. Therefore, the client had cause of action to sue the government for damages.

    2. #2 by Linea on January 24, 2005 - 7:15 pm

      I have a couple of nieces who have just travelled to the Sudan with a Sudanese pastor. One of the girls is a journalism student and I’m sure will do something on the experience. Maybe her role will be to help raise awareness. Some of us have the ability to give to these causes. All of us become frustrated as we seem to be unable to make much difference.

      Do you recall the amount of prayer that went up over the wall dividing the east and west? Sometimes I think we don’t consider this a powerful option. But the wall came down.

    3. #3 by Nathan on January 24, 2005 - 9:48 pm

      Thanks for the reminder, Linea.

    4. #4 by Steve Menshenfriend on January 26, 2005 - 5:38 am

      Thanks LT for bringing this to the attention of your readers. This is perhaps the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet at this point in time.

      A couple of weeks ago there was news of world leaders meeting in Sudan seeking to broker peace between the north and the south. This was the longest running civil war in Africa at the time, it had been running for something like 23 years. Within a few days a peace accord was signed. This was seen as a great accomplishment, and I’m sure it was. However, in Darfur a couple of hundred miles to the west people were being murdered at an alarming rate, and it continues to this day.

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