Children here, children everywhere

11/21

For my paying job, I work with abused children and their families, doing in-home therapy. We are trained to look at risk factors and have a very low tolerance for anything that endangers a child. Seeing some of the poverty here (and I know that I only saw it through the window of a taxi yesterday) and the conditions in which children live is not at all easy for me. I think of how lucky I am at being able to see my two year old son and my nine year old daughter grow up healthy and happy, enjoying the luxuries that are so far from reach for a great part of the world’s population.

Chad has beautiful people, and I know that the father of that, at the most, five year old girl I saw walking with her even younger sister on the dirt roads of N’D and just barely missing being run over by a young taxi driver (that will just not slow down but would rather honk) loves his girls as much as I love my children. But, what are their hopes?

We’ll soon be going out to the camps. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have been pouring into this country, which itself needs support. I feel inadequate to talk about the problem or the possible solutions to the huge challenges a country like Chad faces, so I’ll just leave it at that…for now.

Paz

Gabriel co-founded Stop Genocide Now in 2005, which gave birth to i-ACT in 2009.

He became involved in the situation in Darfur out of a sense of personal responsibility. He believes the power of community and compassion, combined with personal empowerment, can bring about meaningful change.

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Category: Day 2: Nov 22, 2005 · Tags: , ,

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Gabriel!
    Hello from the classroom at Mount St. Mary’s College!! You’re dream’s come true, you’ve finally made it to the big screen! (Okay, so it’s only a projector screen in our room, but hey, it counts!) As we move closer and closer to Thanksgiving, we can’t help but wonder: What is the food supply like in the camps these days? Additionally, in the camps, is it secure day and night?
    Until next time, we send our support.
    Soc 164
    Mount St. Mary’s College

  2. Lidia Tilahun says:

    Hi Gabriel, it seems so unbelievable, ur actually in CHAD, and ur so close to brightening the faces of so many young, brave sudanese children, your truly amazing. Because of your experience in Chad, we will be able to raise awareness, and hopefully get the president to put pressure on the
    sudanese gov., THANK YOU! Take care and I hope to hear from you soon!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hey Gabriel, I really admire how you put yourself into other peoples’ situations instead of judging like many of us tend to do. So many of us sympathize rather than empathize with people across the globe, I think this is why things seem so foreign for us. I know that the goal of i-act is for people from around the world to connect with the people in this region, needless to say you are doing a great job with or without video. Your genuine concern for your fellow man is apparent and truly motivates me to do something. I cannot pretend to be an activist but I am a concerned citizen and hope to do my part as such. Thank you for reminding us that “no man is an island”, it is very reassuring

    Vikki (Mount St. Mary’s College)

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