Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bloggers Unite for Human Rights : Darfur

This post is made in support of Bloggers Unite on Human Rights.

Bloggers Unite

My cause is, and has been Darfur. What is happening in Darfur is genocide. The Sudanese government and the Janjaweed they hired have been systemically and ruthlessly and almost totally driving members of certain ethnic groups into the desert to die.

Just imagine . . .

You are a Dafuri woman who has lost her husband, her home and one of her two children to the conflict in Darfur. You walk from the remains of your home in Darfur, through the desert in 120-degree heat, carrying your son, who is malnourished and dehydrated.It is all you can do to put one foot in front of the other. The pathway through the sand is marked with dead bodies of animals and other Darfuri.

You keep walking. Soon, you blink the sun and sweat out of your eyes to see what looks like a well. Perhaps it is a mirage, but water could mean the difference between life and death for you and your son, so you walk towards the well. It is a well, but a soldier guards the well. You reach for the bucket to get some water for your son. The soldier shoots you.

As you sit there, watching your lifeblood draining onto the sands of this lonely desert between Darfur and Chad, you wonder what will happen to your son.



Imagine . . .

You are a young girl, 12 years old. Your family was killed in Darfur, but you and your brother, 14 years old, managed to make it to sanctuary in Chad. You scavenge what you can find, mostly the belongings of other residents of the refuge that have died. Your brother and you cobbled together shelter from the sun and wait for night to fall.

You cling to your brother, knowing that one of you must leave the relative security of the refuge to find firewood so that you may cook the few grains of rice and some roots you have found. Your brother says that he is the man and he should go. You argue that if he is caught outside, he will be shot. He shrugs and says that if you go out, you will be raped, which will dishonor the family.

You sit there, wondering how life became so warped that you must choose between life for your brother or ostracism and a life alone for you.


14 comments:

VeraBradley said...

Its saddening to hear whats happening at Dafur.. Hope that through this, somehow, something can be done for them.

Dave Donelson said...

Darfur is an indelible stain on the name of humanity. Thanks for your thoughts on this important human rights issue. As the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reminds us, “…recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

Dave Donelson, author of Heart of Diamonds

traveler said...

gosh.. hell on earth.. wouldnt want to be in a situation like that.. may god be with them.. things like this are happening around the world while some spoiled kids are still choosing foods, wasting resources, spenting tons on a pet.. we should spent those money on humans! ya humans that are suffering all over the world rather than on pets.. shouldnt we?

Ellie said...

Intensely done, but rightfully so. It is all so harrowing.

With all the theories on how consciousness is transforming, hopefully but keeping such horror in the eyes of the public (like this post), maybe something amazing will happen..

Ellie

Sassy said...

Hope all bloggers will participate and unite for the betterment of the world ;0

Marion said...

Very graphically done, but it needed to be said. Thank you for the post; it must have been difficult to write.

heather said...

What a heartbreaking and eye opening post you have made. When you live in a nation of democracy it is almost unimaginable to comprehend the conditions and life choices you have described. It is also amazing how people like yourself making posts such as this can reach so many. By just keeping the subject a top priorty for discussion it can lead to people helping people. Extending a hand, time, money for the cause. Everybit counts and I know countless fundraisers that have been born from reading posts such as yours and deciding that we can no longer sit by and "just" read. Change must happen now.

jobs said...

sad to hear this, after reading this, i must start to appreciate the things we hav now.
good luck

Kristian Liebrand said...

As the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reminds us, recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Kristian Liebrand said...

Things like this are happening around the world while some spoiled kids are still choosing foods, wasting resources, spenting tons on a pet.. we should spent those money on humans!

Marc Klein said...

Thanks for the thoughts on the issue of important human rights. As the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reminds us,-recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

Luca Govo said...

What ever happening at darfur is not at all good. We are harming ourselves our own men’s. I will pray to god for the peace.

Marc Klein said...

well i feel that every human have it's own right and no one should hamper that. likethe things going in burma is really sad.

Jasmine said...

we are always running without looking whats going on in our daily lives.

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