Darfur 101: Learn the Basics in Less than 4 Minutes
The situation in Sudan is urgent: Nearly 3 million Darfuris living in camps face the threat of rape and aid cut-offs; the country’s president remains wanted for war crimes and crimes against humanity; and a return to full-scale North-South civil war looms. Although the President has said, “Sudan is a priority for this administration, particularly at a time when it cries out for peace and for justice” (March 19, 2009), we have yet to see the type of strong action that will build lasting peace in Sudan.If Obama is serious about bringing security and peace to the people of Sudan, he must present the principle parties — the ruling party in Sudan, the rebels in Darfur and leaders in Southern Sudan — with two options:
- Support the peace process, justice, and human rights, humanitarian aid efforts and you will benefit from improved relations, aid and trade, or
- Obstruct peace and justice and you will face an escalating set of consequencesFor more background on the crisis in Sudan visit the Enough Project.
Hear Their Stories, See their Lives
|Farha lives in Oure Cassoni with her family. She plays volleyball and jump-rope with her friends. Learn more about her life in this video from i-ACT 1.|
|We meet Ahmat on our first trip in 2005, watch the video here. He tells us of life in Darfur and the struggles of refugee life. When we returned in 2007, Ahmat had returned to Darfur in search of secondary education. We haven’t heard from him since.|
|Dajhima survived the attack on her village by the janjaweed militia. In March 2009, she told us her story on camera. When she spoke about the young girls being raped, she gently touched her daughters hand. A reality no one should have to face.|
|Adam and his family escaped the violence in Darfur, and he is now determined to help build a library and school so refugees can learn about the world. Watch this video from January 2008 from our first encounter. See progress on his life and library in June 2009 when we meet back up with him and his family.|
|Adef and Achta told us of their journey across the desert to safety in Chad and the lost of their four year old son to diarrhea in January 2008. Learn more of their suffering in March 2009.Watch the latest video of their life in a refugee camp from June 2009, where a little bit of joy fills our hearts.|
|Different i-ACT team members have spent time with Fatna since our very first trip. Each time, we are touched by her strength. Connect with her in this video from January 2008 or download her profile and share it with your friends.|
|Mansur is an artist. Drawings of Darfur, and the attacks on his people, cover the walls of his mud hut. Watch this video of Mansur describe the horrors of his Darfur memories. Download his profile and share it with your community.|
Tools for you and your community:
Guisma’s eyes have seen what no child should ever see. Her home was destroyed. Brothers and sisters died. Most of her life lived as a refugee, with little hope for a safe and nurturing future — but Guisma still smiles. Guisma is Darfur, bombed and oppressed — but still beautiful and resilient. You have the opportunity to participate in creating a better future for her and all of Darfur. By participating, you shine a light on Guisma and Darfur’s road to peace.
The story is based on information from a Darfuri family now living as refugees. The animated images are inspired by drawings by Darfuri refugee children.
Peace, Protection, and Justice for Guisma and all innocent civilians in Darfur is the goal, and conditions on the ground is the only measuring stick. By “Liking” the campaign, This is Darfur, you promise to work to build a road to peace for Guisma and Darfur.
ONLINE ZINE: Why Darfur, again? Why Darfur, now?
Our newest online zine weaves together 100 photos, videos, quotes, and journals from our 9th i-ACT Expedition that answers these questions. As media attention focuses elsewhere and the movement experiences burnout, it is increasingly important to remind ourselves and our community that Darfur remains an ongoing genocide. A genocide that affects individuals who are just like you and me.
Check out the online zine:
Help us spread the word about our newest zine: Do you have a website or blog? You can embed this widget and easily direct people to the zine. Post it on facebook and share it with five friends.
Personal Stories of 50 Individuals
Download this folder of 50 individual photos and stories of refugees who were forced to flee their home from violence and now live on handouts in refugee camps. Need more than 50? Check out our Personal Stories of Darfur on flickr!