Hello Friends & Familia:
There is not a specific date that marks the start of the genocide in Darfur. The Government of Sudan has been so effective at maintaining almost continuous campaigns of terror in one or more areas of their country that it is hard to pinpoint when one conflict ends and another begins.
It is known, though, that there was a major escalation of systematic violence against civilians in Darfur in February of 2003. So, February, 2007 (give or take) marks the 4th year anniversary of what is a another shameful example of a world of, in effect, bystanders.
What is sad and so hard to accept is that so many of us do care, but we have not been able to convince our leaders to care and act. The people that we just met in Boca Raton, FL definitely care, and they are acting.
At the event the Save Darfur Coalition of South Palm Beach, FL organized, we met so many beautiful people that are committed to action. We need many others across the country to join in making NOISE, until our leaders cannot continue to pretend they care while doing what amounts to nothing.
Please check out the video field report from the Florida Camp Darfur and rally. After you do that, take just a few minutes to call the offices of your Senators and Representative in Congress. Go to http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/, enter you address, and this will give you the number to your Representative and Senators. Make one call, or make three!
Tell them to make Darfur a priority. Tell them to go beyond words. Tell them that the lives of millions that are now in grave danger are worth as much as any other life. The people of Darfur need immediate protection from a robust international peacekeeping force. The US and the world should not standby as genocide is taking place. We should not be willing to trade lives for intelligence or other diplomatic considerations. Genocide is not negotiable.
See you soon.