23 July 2004

Genocide

Jeff VanderMeer has called on bloggers to pause for a moment from their regular subject matter and take note of what is happening in Sudan. I've tried to keep political discussions to a minimum here, but I also think it's important occasionally to note what is going on in the real world.
"While the world debates, people die in Darfur," Kansas Republican Senator Sam Brownback was quoted as saying by Reuters news agency.

"We actually could save some lives instead of lamenting afterward that we should have done something."
While we all may have different views on what the U.S. government's responsibility to the world is, or what our own individual responsibility is, at the very least we should not claim ignorance as a defense.
During a three-hour flight over Darfur, hundreds of blackened and scorched villages were starkly visible against the red desert. Mrs Mousa walked for three days to reach Kalma after the Janjaweed militia attacked her village, Shatee, west of the Mara mountains, two months ago.

"They came at dawn, at 4am. They came on horses, donkeys, camels and Land Cruisers. They burnt the houses and killed the men and many of the male children. I don't know if my husband is alive or dead."
Updated news from various sources is available at AllAfrica.com.

United Nations situation reports are available here.

Organizations such as Amnesty International, Oxfam, Unicef, and Africa Action are working in various ways to try to stop the massacres.

Update 7/25: I'm going to keep adding links here to good information and organizations. Kirsten Bishop suggested Christian Aid and Ecos Online for information.

Matt Peckham has suggested Human Rights Watch for both information and activism.

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