Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Darfur

Sunday evening as I watched the 60 minutes piece on Darfur, I thought, "When will we finally care?"

There are two and a quarter million refugees in Darfur, many of them children and we don't care.

At least, 400, 000 men, women and children have been killed and we don't care.

This is the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today, and we don't care.

When the villages are burned, literally to the ground, and the women are subjected to gang bang raping prior to being murdered, we don't seem to care.

When the children are gunned down by the soldiers as they try to flee the villages, we don't seem to care then either.

And we certainly don't care, when they dump these poor people, men, women and children into mass graves, often in the water supply, where they can never return to mourn their loved ones or rebuild their homes.

When are we going to care? When are we going to say, this is genocide, and though these humans are half a world a way, we have to do something? When are our leaders going to stop turning our heads to this genocide because the Sudanese government is supposedly providing intelligence in the "war on terror?"

It's easy for us to sit in our comfortable homes and not care. It's easy for us to get wrapped up in daily life and not care.

But doesn't it come down to the old cliche "If not us, then who?" Because, there is no one else. Look at your husband or wife or child and think about someone just coming into your home and taking them by force, making them disappear from your life forever. Only if you are lucky will you live to miss them.

I want to hear from our elected representatives and those who are trying to get elected that it is time that we all care.

And by chance, if you care, please consider getting involved. Tell the President and your Congressperson that it is time to establish a no-fly zone. It's time to increase humanitarian aid, while ensuring access for aid delivery. It's time to strengthen the understaffed and overwhelmed African Union peacekeeping force already in Darfur. And finally, if nothing else, it's time to push for the deployment of a strong UN peacekeeping force.

If you want to educate yourself further, please consider visiting Save Darfur. Once you know, you will have to care.

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