Searching For Jacob

22 Oct

Searching For Jacob – Scott Pelley Reports On The Genocide In Darfur

The piece done on 60 Minutes, tonight. It was a good piece; the story and video are linked.

The descriptions of what has happened to the people in Darfur, the look of a starving child against colorful cloth, the eyes of a beautiful baby who died of meningitis ( only crude treatment available there with little hope of more) shortly after filming is heartbreaking.

The boy Jacob, whose school bag was found in the ashes of his burned village and was brought back to the Holocaust Museum. A trip, with the bookbag, to find Jacob in the only place he could be were he still alive.

If words don’t make people see maybe this will, real people stories they can watch like a soap opera.

Whatever it takes.

They found Jacob. Almost three years later, they found him alive, in a camp; his family dead or disappeared – he has no way of knowing.
Jacob was happy to see his bookbag, his old schoolwork.

Jacob asked them to take his stuff back to the Holocaust Museum, so people could see, so people would care, so people would help them.

It makes me want to cry either way.

crossposted at Darfur: An Unforgivable Hell on Earth.

More Horrors via the NYT. Grim New Turn May Harden Darfur Conflict


Posted by on October 22, 2006 in Bookmarks, rape


2 responses to “Searching For Jacob

  1. pia

    October 23, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Can’t coherently comment on this. Does make me cry

  2. jacob

    October 23, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    We watched the end of sixty minutes last night and caught this. Not only is it heartbreaking, but the information about the intelligence information given to the US via the governement of Darfur – which they alluded to being the reason for the hesitation for any real intervention – was something new to me.


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