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What’s wrong with this picture?

This is a personal response from Kathleen Scott, SGN team member since 2007, to Jeffrey’s Gettleman’s  A Taste of Hope Sends Refugees Back to Darfur. After following the situation in Darfur for many years, I found this article a rollercoaster of joy that crash-landed for me at a horrible realization. The article and statements like […]

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SGN Talks: “It’s a Bad Name”

Stop Genocide Now has the amazing opportunity to speak on a one-on-one basis with many survivors of the Darfur genocide. In the many visits to the refugee camps, countless people have come up to us to tell their stories, their opinions, and their experience of what it means to survive one of the most horrific […]

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Why Not Darfur?

It doesn’t get any easier. I recently went on my eleventh trip to eastern Chad, where I visit the refugee camps that are home to more than 250,000 Darfuris.

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An Unexpected Journey

I started 2011 out with the desire to know more about the personal stories of Darfur. Not because I was a Darfur activist, not because I knew anyone from Darfur or Sudan, not for any reason in particular. At my local library, I found a copy of The Translator, by Daoud Hari, which I immediately […]

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10 Things I’ve Learned

(in no particular order) 1. Being bright and intelligent can make you feel even more trapped and desperate, when you dream of higher education and a different future, and the camp walls close in. 2. Refugee camps, with tens of thousands of people each, are not supposed to be permanent places of residence, especially in an environment that cannot sustain them. […]

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Taking Notice

This day of travel between camps has given me some time to reflect. Time to reflect on what is working inside the camps and what is not. Time to think about how the rest of the world is responding; what is working there and what is not. Two key things that are making a difference are awareness and action […]

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An Open Prison

Have you ever had that feeling of being trapped by life? Being in a situation and it seems like no place to go? For most of my life I have always had this feeling of being trapped. I could be in a room full of people, in a conversation, a job, a city, or whatever […]

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Refugee Camp Dream

Mothers, fathers, and teachers have been telling me that they can only maintain hope because of the hope their children represent. While in the camps, they want their children to grow strong and educated, so that they can be the future of Darfur. They would tell me this back in 2005, during my first visit, […]

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Our Internal GPS

The drive to the camp is bumpy and slow but not boring. I see women with long faces and wide-awake eyes, wearing bright red and riding on camels. They stare right at me without changing expression, as our car bounces by. I see a family of monkeys, not sure what kind. They arae small and […]

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Truth Be Damned

It must be safe. A few thousand refugees from the border area with Chad are returning to Darfur. The numbers seem large, maybe inflated, but something is happening, and there must be truth in what the Government of Sudan says about the stability of that troubled land. Right?   That’s not exactly true, but the […]