Children of Darfur Refugees Named “Okambo”

Desmond-TutuInteresting story…

According to actress and Darfur advocate Mia Farrow, several Sudanese refugees in Chad have named their children “Okambo”in honor of the International Criminal Court’s Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo – the man behind the issuance of an arrest warrant for Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir.

It appears that survivors of the Darfur genocide appreciate Moreno-Ocampo’s efforts just as much as many of us do.

Mia Farrow’s Hunger Strike Ends

Adhering to her doctor’s advice, Mia Farrow has ended her hunger strike for Darfur after 12 days.

According to Farrow –

I am fortunate. The women, children, and men I am fasting for do not have this option…when I began this fast 12 days ago, I hoped another would take my place, and another, and another, until the expelled humanitarian agencies are readmitted and finally there can be justice and peace for the people of Darfur.

Sir Richard Branson will take over for Farrow.

Sudan: Farrow, Clooney are Ignorant

The Sudanese government is certainly unimpressed with Mia Farrow’s current hunger strike for Darfur – which it views as “unwarranted”.

According to the spokesperson for the Sudanese embassy in London –

We appreciate Mia Farrow’s intentions and we respect her for her interest in the welfare of the Sudanese people…but as a politician she is only a beginner…she is like George Clooney…he is good-looking but ignorant…she is ignorant too.

The spokeperson feels that Farrow is overlooking the fact that all aid groups were not kicked out of Darfur – only the foreign ones were.

A Report Card for Obama

US President Barack Obama will hit his 100th day in office this Wednesday, April 29th.

CNN is planning to measure Obama’s first 100 days – through a National Report Card.

Let’s make sure that, along with the economy and other domestic issues, Darfur is included on the Report Card.

Contact CNN through Twitter, Facebook, or their online contact page and let them know that evaluating the President’s handling of the Darfur genocide and its recent twists and turns is important.

Also, on Monday, actress Mia Farrow will begin Darfur Fast for Life – an extended hunger strike in “solidarity with the hungry and starving in Darfur and for lasting peace in Sudan”. Others will also be joining in – either by consuming only water and/or refugee rations for 21 days.

Single moms of Darfur

On day 7 of the Darfur Olypmics, Mia Farrow talks with women about their lives in the refugee camp.

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Women and girls living in Darfur and eastern Chad – in camps, towns and rural areas – live in constant fear of sexual violence. The perpetrators are usually men from the Sudanese security forces, militias, rebel groups and former rebel groups. Gender-based assaults occur as part of the attacks, but also in times of relative calm.

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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.

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Darfur refugees speak out

Mia Farrow is with refugees from Darfur all throughout the Beijing Olympics. Yesterday, she met with leaders of the camp who presented her with a document voicing their needs.

1. We agree with the decision of the International Criminal Court.

2. The refugees have no link to the International community. But they must listen to our voices, not the voice of Omar Al-Bashir.

3. Arrest all the guilty people immediately.
a. We are connected to the IDP community in Darfur. They do not have the freedom to speak.
b. We do not like African forces.We do not like the AU.

4. Disarm the Janjaweed and the military.

5. Those who occupied our land and homes must leave. Our homes must be returned to us, and our belongings.

6. We refuse to accept Government of Sudan in any humanitarian agency.

7. Stop infiltration of camps. People are entering, representing themselves as Chadians but they are Sudanese spies.

8. We need secondary schools. Our children are only given schooling up to 8th grade. If they are uneducated this means there will be more war in the future. (Education is the way for people to find things in common other than their ethnicity.)

9. We are requesting (demanding) other return of our belongings which have been taken from us. Compensation

10. They must arrest Omar Al-Bashir as quickly as possible or he will kill more. Just now we have heard many people are being killed.

Read the entire post on Mia’s blog.

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Watch updates from Mia at the Darfur Olympics.