Global Day for Sudan this Saturday, January 9th

Hi everyone,

2010 is an important year for Sudan. Elections are scheduled to be held in April and the referendum where the Southern Sudanese decide whether or not to stay part of Sudan is only a year away. Will the Sudanese government allow free and fair elections? Will we have genuine peace where the people of Darfur feel safe to return to their homes?

The Save Darfur Coalition and many other groups are organizing a Global Day for Sudan this Saturday, January 9th. The common theme for these events are performers who are drumming for peace. Members of Stop Genocide Now and Jewish World Watch are organizing one such event locally here in Los Angeles. Below are the details.

Sudan on the Brink – a Fire and Drum Rally
Saturday, January 9 at 6:00p

Los Angeles Federal Building
11000 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Click here for more information. Here is a link to the Facebook event.

I hope we keep the people of Sudan in our hearts and minds and stand in solidarity with them as they go through this unprecedented time in their country.

Anshul Mittal
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Stop Genocide Now – Live from Chad

Gabriel, KTJ, Eric and Ian from Stop Genocide Now have been broadcasting from the refugee camps at the Sudan-Chad border for the last 2 weeks.  Here are some of their videos from I-Act 8.

Preparing to enter the camps

“We got them (permits)…”

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Darfur’s Mothers

This past Sunday, we celebrated Mother’s Day.

Stop Genocide Now has gathered together testimonies of Darfurian mothers.

Some quotes which stood out –

Sometimes…I get together with friends to tell stories about Darfur, about the way life used to be…we keep telling stories, until, sometimes, we weep.

My children are my only hope.

I thank God for everything. It is part of life. We are still alive.

Please always put us in front of you, don’t let us fall behind.

The mother behind the first quote? Fourteen-year-old Farha – caretaker of three siblings.

Crime plagues lives of Darfur refugees

Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra joined a Unamid team on patrol in South Darfur and sent this special report.

In the meantime, Gabriel Stauring, Katie-Jay Scott, Yuen-Lin Tan from Stop Genocide Now are on their way to the refugee camps on the Chad – Sudan border.  Here is their latest report.

Stop Genocide Now LA Event

As many of you know, several humanitarian organizations have been kicked out of Sudan – leaving millions of Darfuris without food, water, shelter, and medical care. And, to make matters worse, the region’s rainy season is quickly approaching.

So, what can you do about this?

Jewish World Watch, Stop Genocide Now, and HOPE invite OC4D members to make a permanent presence in front of the federal building in Los Angeles this weekend and into next week – calling for action by the US, UN, and EU.

Click here to learn more about the event – including the exact location, dates, and times.

Living Like a Darfur Refugee

Two members of Stop Genocide Now, a grassroots organization aimed at education, advocacy, and policy change, decided to find out what it is really like to be a refugee in Darfur.

For one month, the men adhered to a diet similar to that of individuals in Darfur’s IDP camps (1,000 calories per day of only wheat).

The experiment was documented through journals, pictures, and videos. Check it out.

Why would these two people put themselves through such agony?

In the words of participant Eric Angel –

I can extrapolate my experience and empathize even more with the Darfurians’ struggle. From what I have experienced through all of this, I believe that if people try to empathize by connecting experiences, they will feel more connected to the struggles of others and will therefore be more motivated to help in the fight for peace, justice, and LIFE.

Empathy is the greatest of virtues.

Eric lost 23 pounds during the 30 days. He and his partner also experienced adverse side effects such as severe weakness, muscle aches, and distraction.

And, just think, this was one month. Imagine five plus years.