You know, I began working with Darfur activism in 2003. It has now been 10 years and we sometimes tend to become complacent after a while. But things in Sudan are still horrific. TEN YEARS ON!!! And, now is NOT the time for complacency!
Believe it or not, in mid-2012 several hundred armed men – on horseback, camels, donkeys, and in 4x4s (Just like the Janjaweed of 10 years ago) – attacked the Kassab displaced persons camp and began looting the hell out of it, In the space of a just a few hours quite a few people were killed and tens of thousands had to resort to running for their lives.
Remember, I’m not talking about 2004. This happened in August, in 2012. The United Nations and local NGO staff said it was among the more disquieting violence that Darfur has experienced in years.
Now, here we are in 2013. A flood of fighting since the beginning of THIS year has caused a huge increase in Darfuri civilian upheaval; displacing over 300,000 people. According to the UN, this number is higher than in 2011 and 2012 combined.
Let me bring this down to an individual level with an example that Nick Kristof published just last week:
Twenty year old ASIYA TAHIR had her 4-month-old baby, Mariam, with her last April when three armed men in Sudanese military uniforms seized her and her sister in Darfur. The soldiers beat Asiya and then pulled Mariam off her back. Then they laughingly checked to see if she was a boy or a girl. Grabbing Mariam by one arm, a soldier flung her into the distance. “You’re lucky she’s a girl,” Asiya remembers one of the soldiers saying. “If that were a boy, we would have cut his throat.”
One day is too long! TEN YEARS is unconscionable.
If you are around downtown Portland between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm today please join us at Director Park for the annual “Pamper for a Purpose” event. Help us to fund the crucial work of Jewish World Watch to stop this utterly inhumane tragedy which, still, has no name but GENOCIDE.