It is not very pleasant to be focusing on genocide every day. It is exciting, though, and it gives me so much energy and hope, to be able to work next to some amazing young people who are truly giving of themselves to help others halfway around the world.
Members of the Human Rights Watch Student Task Force hosted and completely ran Camp Darfur at their high school. They did research on Darfur and on past genocides, and they guided their entire student body through the camp.
They read real testimony of the victims of the Darfur genocide, and they showed how anyone could get involved and make a difference. During each group’s tour of Camp Darfur, some of the student leaders would interrupt, and, with a microphone for all to hear, they would use their cell phone to call President Bush, asking him to do a better job in providing immediate protection for the innocent civilians of Darfur.
These young men and women (because they definitely do not act like children) are not old enough to deserve blame or feel guilty about not acting during the Rwandan genocide, not to mention the others from the past century. But, they somehow found it within themselves to embrace responsibility.
Where the international community, individual countries, and our leaders have not taken Responsibility to Protect as a concept or philosophy that needs to be followed in action, not just in words, young people are embracing Responsibility to Protect at the person-to-person level and acting on it.
Please watch the video and follow the example set by our young leaders. Call President Bush and ask him to go beyond words and do all that he can to push for immediate protection for the innocent civilians of Darfur. Genocide is not negotiable.
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