Screening of “Worse Than War” next Saturday, March 12th

Hi everyone,

Part of the challenge for us in OC for Darfur is to how to increase awareness and advocacy, without traumatizing people or inadvertently contributing to compassion fatigue in volunteers and activists.  We are dealing with human rights abuses that are deeply disturbing.  Feeling a sense of belonging within a community of supportive like-minded others is essential in order to expand our capacity to remain engaged over the long haul.

April is Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month. In advance of that, we have chosen to screen a film in March that provides a meaningful overview of the genocides in our recent history.  We invite you to join us next Saturday, March 12th for a screening of Worse than War, as we seek to find it within ourselves to bear witness.  All details are below and on the website.

Genocide is ultimately the most extreme form of assault on our humanity that we live with on the planet today.  The horror of it can feel unbearable.  It takes a toll on us and tears at the very core of the beliefs we want to hold onto about our humanity.  It is only within our connection to one another that we find both vulnerability and strength to sustain us.

Hope you can join us!

Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu | blog | facebook

Screening of “Worse Than War”

Screening of "Worse than war"

“By the most fundamental measure – the number of people killed – the perpetrators of mass murder since the beginning of the twentieth century have taken the lives of more people than have died in military conflict. So genocide is worse than war…”
– Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, author of Worse Than War

Saturday, March 12th
6:45p refreshments
7:00p screening
9:00p discussion

Irvine United Congregational Church
4915 Alton Parkway
Irvine, California 92604


How and why do genocides start?  Why do the perpetrators kill?  Why has intervention rarely occurred in a timely manner?

Join us as we screen this searingly honest examination of the causes of genocide and ethnic cleansing.

Visit or call (949) 891-2005 for more information. Please help us in planning for the event and RSVP on the website.

presented by:
Advocates for Peace & Justice, Irvine United Congregational Church
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu

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“On Our Watch” screening on Saturday, Feb 12th

Hi everyone,

Our Veggie Grill Fundraiser is this Sunday, January 30th. Click for more details.

Did you see the recent article: Sudan urges U.S. to look beyond Darfur, restore ties? It’s not surprising that Khartoum might think this is a good idea, but given that genocide by attrition continues in Darfur, and violence is once again escalating in the region, why is our government rapidly heading toward normalization of relations with Sudan?

Recently, much of the international focus has been on the landmark elections in Sudan. It is pretty clear that Southern Sudan has chosen to secede.  Meanwhile, focus on Darfur seems to have disappeared.

On Saturday February 12, we will be screening the incredibly powerful Frontline documentary, “On Our Watch”. We hate to think that a film made about genocide in Darfur back in 2007 is still timely and relevant for us to be screening in 2011, but it is. Much has happened in Darfur over the past few years, yet “On Our Watch” remains one of the most informative, disturbing, and compelling films elucidating the roots of the conflict and the international failure to adequately respond.   Please join us for this event. The act of bearing witness is an essential one.  All details are below.

We will be collecting some basic household supplies much needed by Sudanese families that have recently arrived in the San Diego area. A complete list of what is most needed is on our website. It would be great if you could help out by bringing something with you when you come to see the film.

Thank you.

Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu | blog | facebook

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Screening of “On Our Watch”
Darfur: Genocide in the 21st Century

Screening of "On Our Watch"

“If you have a security council [that] cannot deal with these issues, then we have to ask ourselves, what is the purpose of the Security Council?”
– Mukesh Kapila, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan 2003-2004.

Saturday, February 12th
6:45p refreshments
7:00p screening & discussion

Mesa Verde United Methodist Church
1701 Baker St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626


The world vowed “never again” after the genocide in Rwanda and the atrocities in Srebrenica, Bosnia.  Then came Darfur.  Over the past seven years, more than 300,000 people have been killed, 2.5 million driven from their homes, and mass rapes have been used as a weapon in a brutal campaign supported by the Sudanese government against civilians in Darfur.

Why are we as a world so helpless in the face of genocide?

Visit for more information. Please help us in planning for the event and RSVP on the website.

Partners include:
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu
Mesa Verde United Methodist Church
Citizens for Global Solutions, South Orange County
Amnesty International, Irvine
Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange
IUCC Advocates for Peace and Justice
St. Anselm of Cantebury Episcopal Church

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Should Scott Gration support the elections in Sudan?

Hi everyone,

Earlier today, United States Envoy to Sudan, Scott Gration was blasted by leaders of the opposition parties for supporting the upcoming elections in Sudan. We were surprised by his optimistic support despite the fact that most candidates running against President Omar Al-Bashir do not feel them to be free or fair and have withdrawn from the election.

“So he went to the Election Commission and they assured him that they are fair and unbiased. It is like asking a thief to swear he is honest and then believing him” a 26-years old student in Khartoum by the name of Khalid told Sudan Tribune.

Read the complete article here.

There are quite a few events coming up this weekend. Please see the listing below. We hope you will join us as we keep the people of Sudan caught in the middle of this chaos in our hearts and minds.

Barbara & Anshul
Orange County for Darfur, a project of Living Ubuntu


Friday April 9, Screening of Children of the Congo: From War to Witches
6:30p refreshments, 7-9p screening and discussion. Hosted by Sister’s of St. Joseph of Orange
Address: St. Joseph Center, Mother Louis Room, 480 S. Batavia Street, Orange, CA 92868

Saturday April 10, The 25th Annual Great American Write-In
9:30a. Sponsored by Women For: Orange County
Address: Lakeview Senior Center, Woodbridge Community Park, 20 Lake Road, Irvine, between Alton and Barranca

Saturday April 10, Screening of “Rebuilding Hope” and panel discussion with Sudanese
7:00p screening and discussion. Sponsored by OC for Darfur, IUCC Peace & Justice Advocates and Amnesty International, Irvine chapter.
For additional information and to RSVP, please visit

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Screening of The Reckoning (Saturday, Sep 19th)

Hi everyone,

For those of us who follow the Darfur crisis, we hear constantly about the ICC (International Criminal Court) and it’s chief prosecutor, Mr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo (I’m a huge fan).  Yet, I knew so little about the behind-the-scenes story of how the court was formed.

PBS recently aired this fantastic documentary about the court — The Reckoning.  And we’ve secured rights to hold a free screening this month on Saturday, Sep 19th in Irvine.  All details are below.

Many thanks to Peggy and Bridgette for doing all the work in organizing this screening. I hope you will join us.

Anshul Mittal
Orange County for Darfur | blog | calendar | shop | latest updates | photos

The Reckoning: Battle for the International Criminal Court

The Reckoning: Battle for the ICC

presented by

Orange County for Darfur
Amnesty International, Irvine Chaper

Saturday, Sept 19th 2009

Irvine Ranch Water District
15600 Sand Canyon Av.
Irvine, CA 92618

Click here to watch the trailer

An epic, nail-biting account of the new International Criminal Court’s struggle to prosecute perpetrators — however powerful or concealed they may be — of crimes against humanity as the Court fights to establish its own credibility on the world stage.  The film was an Official Selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Please visit for more information.  RSVPs greatly appreciated.