Darfur on Sportscenter

Sunday’s 11pm EST edition of ESPN’s Sportscenter will feature a story about NBA star Tracy McGrady and the Darfur Dream Team’s Sister Schools Program – which links US middle schools, high schools, and colleges with schools in Darfur’s refugee camps.

The Darfur Dream Team was formed after McGrady returned from a visit to the refugee camps in Darfur. It’s a coalition of advocacy organizations, including The Enough Project, and several NBA players, such as Derek Fisher and Baron Davis.

The two main objectives of the program include (1) to provide a quality education to every refugee child from Darfur and (2) to develop connections between students from Darfur and the US and promote mutual understanding.

Find out how you can get involved.

Arrested for Darfur

Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast, left, and Save Darfur Coalition president Jerry Fowler, right, are arrested during a protest at the Sudanese Embassy against the actions by the Sudanese government in Darfur on Monday in Washington.

Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast, left, and Save Darfur Coalition president Jerry Fowler, right, are arrested during a protest at the Sudanese Embassy. Photo by AP.

Earlier today, John Prendergast of the Enough Project and Jerry Fowler of the Save Darfur Coalition were arrested with five other members of Congress.  They were protesting outside the Sudanese embassy over the ongoing genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.

So who are the five members of Congress?  They include:

  • Jim McGovern, D-Mass.
  • John Lewis, D-Ga., a veteran of the civil rights movement in the 1960s;
  • Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.
  • Keith Ellison, D-Minn., the only Muslim member of Congress, and
  • Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif.

Mr. Lewis said, “I don’t understand how the world can just stand by and watch the slaughter of innocent victims in Darfur. Haven’t we learned the hard lessons of Rwanda and Bosnia, of the Holocaust?”

I commend these brave individuals for having the courage to stand up for the people of Darfur.

Read the whole article.

Are Activists to Blame for Darfur?

Recently, the Enough Project and the Center for American Progress held a dialogue session on activism, intervention, and Sudan.

The question of the night was whether US activists are making it harder, not easier, to resolve the conflict in Darfur. Does citizen advocacy on Darfur policy do more harm than good? Can it positively influence decisions made regarding foreign affairs?

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Click here to watch the full event video – quite a provocative discussion.

This dialogue session came to be because there are people who believe that the US mass movement surrounding Darfur has oversimplified the conflict, directed funds toward advocacy rather than relief, and ultimately, came too late. They argue that so much energy is going into advocacy efforts for Darfur here in the US – however, that energy has yet to translate into concrete changes on the ground.

Is Washington really listening to the public outcry on Darfur or are they just trying to “manage” or “keep the lid on” what they view as “noise”? We declared Darfur a genocide in 2004 – why hasn’t more been done since then?

How can we best use our power as citizens to make a difference?

The Most Dangerous Place for Women

As part of its Raise Hope for Congo campaign, the Enough Project has released the ten reasons why Eastern Congo is the most dangerous place on earth for women.

The ten reasons include the following –

  1. Predatory security forces
  2. Lawless militias
  3. A culture of impunity
  4. The resource curse
  5. Poverty
  6. A collapsed health care system
  7. Internal displacement
  8. A failing education system
  9. Gender inequality and cultural barriers

Former UN Deputy Force Commander, speaking of Congo –

It is more dangerous to be a woman than to be a soldier right now.

Congolese woman, speaking of her role in society –

My job is to beg.                                                                                                  

Click here to learn more about the International Violence Against Women Act and sign a petition urging Congress to vote in favor of it.