Darfur: Pointing the Activist Train in a Different Direction

04 May

Perusing cyberspace this morning I am come across several pieces which lean toward the pessimistic in regard to the situation in Darfur. Reading just the essay cited in the post below is enough to bring on a certain degree of pessimism. I have even seen several referrals to using mercenaries, ( and god we thought our plan was so original), to the history of various African countries corrupt histories, (  Sudan's specifically), all which gives one the feeling that this is an exercise in futility.

In an interview by Kamilo Tafeng Louise Arbour, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights notes that…

Sexual violence against women in Darfur is worsening amid a general deterioration in security and human rights in Sudan's vast west, the top U.N. human rights official said after touring the region. "The situation (in Darfur) is poor, bad and very alarming and what is particularly sad is to see no progress and a deterioration of the situation,".

The increased publicity induced by the sudden interest of celebrities while helpful in regard to putting a large spotlight, or at least a flashlight with working batteries on the situation so we here can see it ,is a good thing only in that it may help pressure our country to act. But as noted in an article at Winds of Change The rally for Darfur: A feel-good exercise it would be more suitable to be protesting outside the UN and Sudanese embassies. There is a link there to a campaign by the Reform Jewish Movement that will…

that will ask America’s faith communities to join together to visit every embassy and consulate of the NATO and African Union nations, Russia, and China by June 2nd, before the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.

Go check it out. In the meantime – U.S. pushes for Darfur deal before third deadline.


Posted by on May 4, 2006 in Other Stuff


2 responses to “Darfur: Pointing the Activist Train in a Different Direction

  1. weirsdo

    May 4, 2006 at 12:22 pm

    I would like to hear a sensible, balanced plan for the region from any quarter.

  2. dane

    May 4, 2006 at 9:44 pm

    I think that history shows quite clearly that in order for this to be stopped it is going to have to be done from within.
    That is the most difficult part. I have not been “on to Darfur ” and really never even knew about it until a year ago when you started posting about it at your main blog so I am a Darfur virgin.

    It didn’t stick in my mind because it has not, at least up until this point, been covered in media to any significant degree or persistence.

    Reading some of the links you provided and doing a small amount of research on my own I have concluded the help we need to give not inclusive of making sure the people are fed and have sheltered and are as free as possible from the terror described in said articles, is to encourage our government to finance African troops, and to pressure – really pressure the UN to do something. To make it known that other major nations need to step up and be counted in this.

    We can put the pressure on or as you said maybe we need to finance a revolution, for these mostly women and children, mercenaries and all.


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