April is Genocide Prevention Month

Earlier this month, Bridgette Hanning from our group issued a press release to announce the various activities that we’re organizing as part of Genocide Prevention Month.   The Daily Pilot picked it up.

Here is the complete text of the press release.

:) Anshul

Take action on genocide around the world

By Bridgette
Citizen Correspondent

daily_pilotNot many people know that five genocides, resulting in more than 15 million deaths, have anniversaries in April: Bosnia, Rwanda, Cambodia, the Holocaust, and Armenia.  Sadly, April also marks the anniversary of the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan, now in its seventh year.   Thus far, in Darfur, over 400,000 innocent civilians have been killed and more than three million people have been displaced. Since the Sudanese government expelled 16 humanitarian aid agencies nearly a month ago, millions of people (mostly women and children) are at immediate risk for starvation, violence, disease, and death.

As part of a nationwide campaign to promote awareness about the genocide in Darfur and to provide opportunities for Orange County residents to take action, several collaborative events are scheduled throughout the month of April.

For more information about these or any upcoming events, please contact (949) 235-6200 or email: info@ocfordarfur.org:

April 4 (Sat.) – 7:00 am – Noon: Rummage Sale sponsored by STAND and Woodbridge high school student, Maia Boitano. Woodbridge High School, 2 Meadowbrook, Irvine, CA 92604. All proceeds will be donated to STAND, Doctors Without Borders, and Steps of Hope Orphanage.

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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