I’ve been resisting writing this blog. I’ve started it a few times, but each time my hands touch the keyboard, I get nothing. It has really been a struggle for me, this process of figuring out what to say. What does one write about when it comes to Darfur? What could I possibly say that […]
That’s a dubious new record for a conflict that’s claimed nearly 40,000 lives and displaced some 4 million people. The numbers are staggering to comprehend. Imagine watching a film with 11,000 different shots of people taking that last step out of Syria into the unknown.
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 […]
The team searched for a suitable donkey for the Human Rights Mobile Library. Donkeys are the main means of transportation for the refugees and their strength and stamina can be remarkable. It really makes you appreciate these beasts of burden. Our friend Rahma decides to test the librarian’s seat.
The team makes it from KouKou to Goz Beida, and finally to Camp Djabal!
My return trip to Chad has been a bit surreal. The last time I was here, I was evacuated from my N’Djamena hotel by French military in an armored HV after two days of rebel attacks on the city – and one very intense moment as the rebels plastered our hotel with their machine guns. […]
After almost seven years of Darfur activism, what are we doing wrong? The people I first met in harsh refugee camps in 2005 are still there, in the camps. Actually, they have been joined by tens of thousands more, and hundreds of thousands more are now neighbors to the millions that already were living in […]
After sitting here for a while in my comfortable living room, fingers hovering over my keyboard, I tried eagerly to come up with some compelling testimony of why I’m a Darfur/Sudan activist. It’s the moment that I realized that while I’m in my comfortable living room, there are men, women, and children half a world […]
It was nice to see Yuen-Lin (YL) and Eric (E) live on our computers last night. We tested the three way communication using the equipment we’ll be using out in the refugee camps. It was quick and pretty simple. Out here, there’s no high speed internet. There’s no medium speed internet. There’s slow and slower. […]
During our visits to the camps, we are surrounded by children saying “HALLO,” reaching for our hands, and hoping we will take a photo of them. Many have given us drawings and asked us to share their story with the world. They truly believe that if people see their pictures and hear their stories, that […]