by Emi F '09

I Will Not Save Darfur

How preposterous of me to say so. Indeed, this is the message we announce, tattooed on our foreheads with the invisible ink of forgetfulness, as we live on, ignoring the world outside our own. The world in which kids our age, moth­ers, grandmothers, and fathers like ours, are being brutally killed everyday.

Wait, I’m con­fused, what is going on in Darfur? Darfur is a region located in Sudan, Africa’s largest nation in size.  Sudan is large but is still a poor country. It suffers from a process called deser­tification.  People lack water and proper land to grow food on, caus­ing malnutrition for the present population, a problem that has, in its most extreme cases, led to cannibalism. Conse­quently, the economy is not thriving and the government has evaded the real problems. In addition to a weakened country as a whole, the Darfur crisis, located in Darfur in West­ern Sudan, is a great example of the further problems this country has: division even be­tween its own people. These divisions are due to tribes that seek power over the country. In simple terms, the Darfur conflict can be explained as such: For many years, there have been rebels against the Sudanese government attempting to take over and make Sudan a de­mocracy. Violence and death are side effects of their processions. Because of their threat to the current govern­ment, the Sudanese government has united with the militia which has extended itself into the Janjaweed, a horrendous and violent group with unlimited access to weapons. The Janjaweed’s main purpose is to repress the rebels who threaten the stability of the gov­ernment, nevertheless, they do this by fight­ing fire with fire; using the weapons made to protect the Sudanese, to destroy them and their country. As can be assumed, the Janja­weed are more power­ful and thus, more of a threat to the Sudanese people. For in attempts to emphasize their power, they beleaguer the whole population, killing anybody who gets in their way. While the Janjaweed wish to impede any action from the rebel groups they are instead effac­ing every bit of what it takes to be a success­ful government. The present government does not realize that fighting fire with fire will leave them with no citizens to rule over; 15000 people die every month. People= babies, teenagers, mommies, daddies, grandpa’s, grandma’s…

This is sad, but what can we do when most of us cannot even drive yet? Even by knowing the little that this article leaves you with, informing others will spread awareness. Though we are young, our voice is heard loud­er than ever in this age brimming with com­munication devices that allow us to transmit messages in less than 1 second. We should post blogs on myspace, visit save darfur websites (given at the bottom of this article), unite with friends and make posters, etc. As we inform our peers, older people are bound to get involved. We must be passionate to perse­vere. We must want to help these people. We must not let them die.

Yes, BSGE has acquired the duty of informing its students and faculty of this disaster unfolding right before our eyes. In truth, this is one of the reasons I was even able to write about it, yet we cannot be reminded enough of our com­placency and greed in forgetting the suffering and refusing to help our fellow humans.


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