OC For Darfur planning meeting is this Tuesday, Feb 16th

Hi everyone,

We have a continual struggle to live with. On the one hand, horrors beyond words are taking place in Sudan, Congo, Burma, and other places also. On the other hand, we need to maintain focus on our own life here. Often we see people opt for a black and white perspective, "I can’t worry about these other issues, I have my own problems." Other times we have heard the guilt some people feel when they are concerned about the difficulties in their own life, saying, "I know my problems are nothing compared to those in Darfur."

Orange County for Darfur continues its efforts to raise awareness of what is happening in Sudan, Congo, Burma, and about issues relevant to preventing future genocides. Our challenge in part is to remain caring about one another, including the day-to-day struggles we live with here, while returning to the place inside ourselves that can open just a little bit more in caring about those far away. Ultimately, we need a worldview that is large enough that we can all fit into it.

We hope you will join us at our next meeting this Tuesday, February 16th at 6:30p. We will meet at Patty’s office in Newport Beach. Here is the address.

Patty’s office @ 6:30p
2424 SE Bristol Street, Suite 300

Newport Beach, CA 92660

We will discuss:

  • Update on what’s going on in Darfur, Congo and Burma.
  • Huntington Beach Reads events in February
  • Worse Than War, The Greatest Silence and Burma VJ screening
  • Orange County Walk Against Genocide in April.

If you’d like to get involved and help with the planning of any of these activities, I hope you will join us :)

See you on Tuesday.

Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur
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“The Lost Boys of Sudan” screening this Thursday, Feb 11th

Hi everyone,

This week brings more great events from HB Reads, and I want to highlight two of them in particular. On Thursday evening, there will be a screening of Lost Boys of Sudan, and then on Saturday, a chance for you to meet one of the authors of They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The true story of three Lost Boys from Sudan. All details are noted below.

For a complete list of HB Reads events, see their Calendar of Events.

See you Thursday!

Barbara English

P.S. The suffering in Sudan is far from over. Here is an article from the BBC last week: South Sudan hungry ‘quadrupled in a year’

7 p.m., Thursday, February 11

Join HB Reads at a free documentary film screening of “Lost Boys of Sudan” (Unrated by the MPAA), at the Huntington Beach Central Library (7111 Talbert Avenue), Rooms C & D on the lower level. “Lost Boys of Sudan” is an Emmy-nominated, Independent Spirit Award-winning documentary that follows two Sudanese refugees on their journey from Africa to America. Safe at last from physical danger and hunger, “Lost Boys” Peter Dut and Santino Chuor find themselves confronted with the abundance and alienation of contemporary American suburbia. Please join HB Reads for a thought-provoking film and discussion.

2 p.m., Saturday, February 13
Meet a co-author of “They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky,” second level of Barnes & Noble at the Bella Terra Mall (7881 Edinger Avenue, Huntington Beach). This presentation and open book discussion provides a great introduction to the authors’ stories in advance of the “Lost Boys” visit to Huntington Beach on March 11.