Issue 14: December 2009

Holiday déjà vu

Dear Friends: It was my task to write something about the holidays and relate the meaning and experience of the holidays to the lives of our friends in the refugee camps. As I stare at the blank Word Doc, instead of the spirit of Christmas coming over me, what I get is this overwhelming feeling […]

Take Action

July 22nd: DC Peace Rally & National Call In Day

It has been almost three weeks since we returned from the refugee camps on the Chad-Darfur border. Each day I wake up and think about our beautiful friends. I know many of you took daily action during i-ACT, as you have since our first trip in 2005. Our government, then and now, has not done […]

Bonus: Parting words

Buried under Passion

I am feeling a bit down today. We were up early in Guereda this morning, even though we had a little extra time to sleep in. We packed our bags, worked in the field office a bit and headed to the air strip. We didn’t have a security escort so we took big empty cargo […]

i-ACT 8: June 15 - 24, 2009 Take Action

Live video from Chad!

Check it out! We’re about to start a 2-way chat with the Obama school children in Camp Djabal!!! Watch live streams there from other refugee camps around the world and learn more about the situation in Chad, Syria and Pakistan.

Day 5: June 19, 2009

Words people don’t like to hear vs. a comforting word.

Genocide, murder, rape. These are all powerful words that are almost always used in an explanation of Darfur. These aren’t nice words that people like to hear. Many will do all that they can to avoid them, look away, turn and walk the other direction, change the channel on the TV. “Home” Did that scare […]

Day 1: June 15, 2009

Nothing Like Home

This post is to go on our i-ACT8 Day 1 page, but it seems like I’ve been away from home for so long.  I miss my kids, Mimi and Gabo.  It is the hardest part of coming on these trips.  It makes me sad that I leave them, and I am continuously reminded of them, […]

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 […]

Day 2: March 25

Day 2: Too Late to Save Many

For now we are in N’Djamena for another day, preparing our luggage and cutting out everything we once considered a necessity. There is a fuel shortage in the East, and we might not get away with the extra weight we usually do. We head out to collect our permits in the afternoon. A sand storm […]

Issue 9: OUTRAGE!

Going the extra (1,000) mile for Darfur

This amazing family from Arizona couldn’t sit idly by and not do anything while food, water, and basic medical care is RIGHT NOW being stolen away from over 1 million people in refugee camps in Darfur. They grabbed the family pets, hopped in the car, and drove for 6 1/2 hours to take a stand […]

Seeking Empathy - A One Month Refugee Diet

End of the refugee fast

Eric and Jeremiah have completed their month-long refugee fast. For Eric, the physical changes he experienced is quite startling: Below are some photos documenting the observable effects of living on a wheat diet of 1,000 Calories a day for just 1 month. The left shows me at 157 lbs on Nov 1, and the right […]