Years of conflict in the Central African Republic has generated roughly half a million refugees. With over 100 residents of the nation’s capital, Bangui, killed between last September and November this past year, the violence is likely to continue and to generate further waves of citizens see king refuge. Cameroon has become the preferred destination […]
Of the roughly sixty million refugees worldwide, a little less than 15 million work with the United Nations Refugee Agency UNHCR – the agency responsible for most of the refugee referral to third countries – on their resettlement. And just a small fraction of those go through the complex resettlement process in the United States that can take […]
I write this blog about Darfur to my three children, Boston 6, Capri 3 and Cayman 2. My desire is that through my writing they can know me, know the world and learn how they can achieve anything anything in order to change it. To the reader, I hope by giving you a transparent look […]
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.
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 […]
It has been amazing to be here to watch things fall into place. While here, I have paused as I am in awe about these serendipitous moments. I wrote yesterdayabout awareness, actions, and serendipity. Nothing serendipitous happens without action, and serendipity is never recognized until after the fact. There is something magical about movement. As a […]
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.
Gabriel and the team visit Guisma’s family in camp Djabal. She has grown a lot since Gabriel first met her but is still much too small for a girl of her age due to the meager rations provided to the refugees. thankfully, her knowing smile is as wide as ever. You can learn more about […]
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 […]