Issue 12: September 2009


After I expressed a precarious situation one day to a good friend, he said “I don’t have any answers, but I have many beautiful questions.” That assessment could be applied to my understanding of the situation in Darfur. Recently, I had the opportunity to go on The Ron Reagan Show on Air America radio, and […]

Bonus: Parting words


We have just left the camps and are now working our way back towards N’djamena, the capital city of Chad. In less than two days, this trip will be history, but its effect on me will be just starting. When I got my visa into Chad, there were a few things I had to leave […]

Day 8: June 22, 2009

The Humanitarians

We have all been quite active here in Goz Beida, Chad the last few days.  Anyone following the website is well aware of the World Refugee Day activities, and if you saw any of the videos, then you might have an idea of the extensive preparations that went into them as well.  This has been […]

Day 4: June 18, 2009

Refugee Cool

There’s a new kind of cool to me. It’s refugee cool. It’s not the type of cool you see in New York or LA night clubs, it’s not the attitude or the clothes or the accessories…it’s not having the new Wii game…it’s not the overly dressed yet laid back hipsters…it’s not even Wyclef or Lauryn […]

Day 3: June 17, 2009


Since arriving in Goz Beida, the last two days have been a blur, more so than the five days of travel to get here.  My overwhelming impression is that for a group of people that have been displaced from their homes and forced to live in a refugee camp, the residents of Camp Djabal still […]

Day 0: Preparations

June 13, 2009 – Ian’s Journal

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to write in this journal, but after spending a few days with Katie-Jay Scott, Gabriel Stauring, and Eric Angel, I’m feeling a lot more inspired to share my voice in this arena, and I’m truly moved by their passion and expertise. I’ll start by saying there isn’t one clear […]