UN – Sudanese Government Shot Darfur IDPs

Courtesy of Stop Genocide Now

Photograph by Stop Genocide Now

The UN has released a report stating that the Sudanese government is responsible for killing several civilians residing in the Kalma IDP camp in South Darfur in August of 2008.

According to the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights –

Security forces failed to abide by international law principles of proportionality and of necessity. Witness testimonies confirmed that security forces shot arbitrarily at a large crowd of IDPs including women and children.

33 people died and 108 were wounded from the August 2008 incident.

A Sudanese government spokesperson denied the UN report, claiming that individuals inside the Kalma camp shot at security forces first.

City of Lost Children: A talk with Kent Treptow

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a great holiday.  I got back from Costa Rica last week and am just getting back in the flow of things.

During the course of our Darfur campaign, we’ve had a lot of coverage from the Daily Pilot, our local paper that covers Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.  Kent Treptow, a photographer for the newspaper covered both our beach photoshoots (Enough and End Genocide Now).

What I didn’t know is that Kent traveled to Mongolia last year on his own accord.  And photographed street children who take cover under manholes to survive the extreme Siberian cold.

“They rummage through trash for scraps of food. Many are malnourished or sick from eating bad meat. Others, as young as 7, drink… But they also sing, laugh, look out for each other and fight with remarkable resilience and resourcefulness to live to see another day.”

He has agreed to show us his photographs from his visit.  He will give a brief presentation on Thursday, January 29th at Irvine United Congregational Church.  Click here for more information.

I hope you will be able to attend.

Anshul Mittal
Orange County for Darfur

City of Lost Children: A Talk with Kent Treptow
Thursday, Jan 29th 2009, 7:30p-8:30p
Plumer Hall at IUCC
4915 Alton Parkway
Irvine, California 92604

For more information, visit livingubuntu.org/events

Sudan’s Child “Well-Being” Rated

611A recent report published by The African Child Policy Forum, an independent Ethiopian agency, ranked 52 African countries according to a “child-friendly index“.

Sudan ranked near the bottom with a rating of “less child-friendly”. Neighboring Chad was “awarded” a rating of “least child-friendly”.

The study took into account spending on health and education, laws protecting children’s rights, nutrition, water, sanitation, and military resources.

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Do the children of Darfur have a future?

Mia Farrow focuses on the children of Darfur on day 6 of the Darfur Olympics.

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We’re very goal oriented in the United States – I’m gonna be a doctor, I’m gonna be a fireman.  Even when we’re kids, it’s – “I’m gonna be…”

If you ask the Darfuri children here in the camp, they just look at you blankly.  They have not considered, nor have their parents discussed with them, what they’re gonna be… It’s just not an option for them.

Watch the Darfur Olympics.