Sunday, March 2, 2008

Darfur Documentary

I am watching a documentary on the situation in Darfur. It is called "Devil Came on Horseback". Only one word can describe the atrocities that are going on in Darfur:


The Arab government of Sudan has trained and given money to the Janjaweed (when translated means "devil on horseback) to attack and kill black Africans, many who are Christian. There was a civil war that lasted for many years that was largely based on religion. This current conflict is more about ethnicity than religion. The fighting is taking place between the Sudanese government and Janjaweed (Arab) and the Sudanese Liberation Movement and the Justice and Equality Movement (non-Arab).

The Janjaweed will go into villages in Darfur and do horrible things to those who are not Arab. There have been thousands upon thousands of people killed, and even more people displaced.

The sad thing is that we see it is happening, but it is largely being ignored like the atrocities in Rwanda 14 years ago. Our own President said that the US would take a stand...but months after he made this statement...nothing. The UN is suppose to be getting involved...but when?

How many thousands of people must be killed before we do anything about it?

How is it that our country is so focused on what is happening inside our own country, that we hardly look at what is happening in other places, unless it directly effects us?

I don't have all the answers, or know everything that is going on, but I want to know. I think it is important and healthy to know what is happening in the world.

For more information on what is going on in Darfur, visit Save Darfur or go to the BBC.

Besides having the knowledge of what is going on, and not being ignorant...the next step is to pray.

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