Rape has become one of the biggest crimes against women in Darfur. It has given another way for the Janjaweed military to attack darfurians again. The janjaweed has already taken people out of their homes. The Women in Darfur must keep collecting fire wood, water or working from the fields. While doing this, the women in Darfur and also the children are in jeopardy of getting raped, beat or death. Hundreds of Rapes have been reported and are still increasing. Yet there are still more then hundreds of women and children that have and can get raped but won’t have a chance to report it. In a place where rape is a big place, their own families and town often dislike them. These ungrateful women have been forced to leave their town and also get punished for prohibited pregnancy as a consequence of being raped. A story of Mrs.Mariam Musa Mariam Musa is among the many other women in Darfur who have been raped. Mariam Musa is a different kind of victim. One day, Ms. Musa walked into the deep forest, collecting the best firewood for her family, humming her favorite tune. Back at her village, everything was on fire and even some of her family members were killed. The vicious Janjaweed, who also destroyed their water supply and all their things, attacked them. As Mariam was walking back to her village she noticed smoke and wonder what had happened. As she got closer she realized her village had been attacked, she wondered where he family had spread to. Suddenly she was wrestled to the ground. Before she knew it several lashes had hit her. She was also tied and sent to a place she was not familiar with. Apparently she had become a prisoner of the militia. She was put to work for eight days and repeatedly raped by the militia men until she couldn’t take it anymore. She was going to escape. For the next six days she walked towards a refugee camp in Chad called Djabal camp. “I was so petrified. I didn’t know what to do. My conscience told me to run away but I pictured myself being shot dead by the mean-looking men,” she says. “But at the same time I could not take their harsh treatment anymore and decided to rubbish their threats to kill me if attempted an escape. I did not care about what would happen to me. All I wanted was freedom. So I escaped.”
March 7, 2008
March 5, 2008
I wrote this essay on my school blog about what the next president needs to do about the situation in Darfur. Please read it and leave comments. It will be one of the hundreds of comments during the 48 Hour International Blog for Darfur Marathon. But it will be better to read it here.
February 25, 2008
The Sudan Divestment Bill has been introduced to the Montgomery County Council. Now, we need to show them that we, as Montgomery County students, care about getting this Bill passed!Targeted divestment is an effective and safe venture to end the genocide in Darfur. On February 27, 2008, Montgomery County student activists will lobby their repsective members of the County Council to urge them to support divestment from Sudan. Students will pressure their elected officials to end the atrocities in Darfur through face to face meetings with Council members or their respective staffers.Below is a list of schools that have agreed to lobby, the Council member who they are targeting, and the time for the appointment.George Leventhal (At Large)- Northwest High School 2:00 pmRoger Berliner (District 1) – Bethesda Chevy Chase High School 2:00 pmNancy Floreen (At Large) – Montgomery Blair High School 1:30 pmPhil Andrews (District 3) – Quince Orchard High School; Gaithersburg High School 2:00 pmDuchy Trachtenberg (At Large) – Magruder High School 1:30 pm Council Members Marc Elrich (At Large) and Valerie Ervin (District 5) have already pledged their support for this bill, so there will be no need to lobby them.Council Member Michael Knapp (District 2) has not openly declared his support for the bill, however his staffer has said that she doesn’t think he has any objections to it. However, we could not secure a meeting with him, but schools that are in District 2 (Northwest), please feel free to write him letters.If you have questions about what District you are in, you can visit http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/planning/PDF/CIP09%20App%20N.pdf.
February 20, 2008
President Bush tells the newly elected president to pay serious attention to the signs of genocide. “One of the lessons of the genocide in Rwanda was to take some of the early warning signs seriously” Bush told a joint news confrence. He added:”Secondly, I would tell my successor that the United States can play a very constructive role. I would urge the President not to feel like U.S. solutions should be imposed upon African leaders. I would urge the President to treat our– the leaders in Africa as partners”. President Bush also called the countries the came in to Africa “colonists” also saying, ” outside forces that tend to divide people up inside their country are unbelievably counterproductive”. President Bush also told the newly elected president to keep in mind that U.S. always takes the leader role because of the slowness of the UN. Bush said U.S. can provide money and help and training for military missions that can end conflicts.Then why isn’t this over?
Classification- When people get classified into groups usually based on religion, race, ethnicity or nationality.Symbolization: When the classified groups get symbols or names. Such as Jewish people are called “Jews”Dehumanization: When one group denies the humanity of another group. The dehumanized group are often equated with animals, vermin, insects or diseases.Organization: Genocide is usually organized . Usually through state but sometimes informally Polarization: Hate propaganda is made and it pulls the groups apart.Identification: Victims are identified and seperated by race or religionExtermination: Quickly it becomes mass killing and it is legally a genocide.Denial: When the killing group hides all of the bodies and evidence that the killing ever happend
February 7, 2008
Many Voices for Darfur is taking place on Darfur Day, March 6!
Many Voices for Darfur is when everyone who wants to make a difference in Darfur goes on http://manyvoicesdarfur.blogspot.com/ and makes a comment on what their thoughts are.
What we want to do is provide Darfur awareness. There are so many people, men, women, and children dying and we want to help. We want you to help us to. The killings, murders, the neglect and abuse the people suffer is terrible. Don’t forget that we have decided to raise awareness by selling wristbands that talk about helping the people of Darfur. We believe that this is a very important issue because of the fact that this has been going on for several years and no major improvement has shown.
Today, the people of Darfur, and also Chad, have no form of working help. The providing of aid stopped and many deaths are also caused by the starvation they go through. Yes, the other nations should care and make a responsibility to help. It is a global responsibility. If one person falls another should help pick them up. I mean if we were in trouble we would want help, so why aren’t doing what we can?
Help create awareness. Buy a wristband, go online and write a comment, read our blogs. It isn’t for us its for the people of Darfur.
February 6, 2008
On March 6th, 2008, Mr. Mayo’s class will be sponsoring a 24 hour International Blog for Darfur Day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the situation in Darfur and to try and get world leaders and people in power around the globe to realize that the people of the world do care about Darfur and that we need to do something about it. The way to post is to go to the International Blog for Darfur Day website and leave a comment on the page. Our goal is at least 1,000 comments. For more information on how to post, what we’re doing and other general information you can visit the International Blog for Darfur Day wiki.
On March 6th don’t be left out.
Note: Please don’t leave comments yet. We would like to wait till March 6th so we can get a better idea of exactly how many comments we can get in 24 hours.
February 4, 2008
-They didn’t have enought food or water so people started dying.-Men and boys were killed and women and girls were rapped by the Janjaweed people.-Villages had building burned, water sources poisioned, irrigations system torned up, food and seed stocks destroy and fruit trees cut down.-During the past 29 months, 350,000-400,000 have been “perished”.-Food shortages remain the greatest threat to the humans in Darfur.-More than 200,000 people have died in Darfur from violency.-Many people in Darfur die from malnutrition and diseases.-There are no signs that Genocide will stop but definitley the dying will continue.- The state department is trying to determine if Khartoum is guilty of genocide in Darfur. Darfur needs help. They’re suffering and they’re not asking for alot. Our responsibility is to look after them and help them as much as we can. They’re dealing with lots of torture and everyday deaths . So lets help them for the best and give them food, clothing, water, and money.
January 31, 2008
Hey Mr. Mayo’s Class!
At this point I’m almost positive my friend Alex and I will be able to come next Thursday and Friday mornings to speak to you guys! We’ve been advocating for Darfur through our club, Students for Global Responsibility at Blair for a little over a year now. We both first got interested in Fall of 2006 when we participated in a student conference in Falls Church, Virginia. We were appalled by the graphic images we saw and stories we heard and immediately motivated into action. We’ve done tons of advocacy work, making big change. Right now, we are fighting to get a bill passed that would divest (or take away investments) Montgomery County’s 700 million dollars in public pension funds from the pockets of human rights violators. I’ll talk to you guys more later about why divestment has become the primary avenue for stopping the genocide… For now, I just want to stress how rewarding it is to know that you have made a big change in the world around you. It is hard work in the sense that it takes up your free time when you could be kicking back with a soda and watching TV, but not in the sense that organizing or participating in an event to raise support is difficult. In fact, it involves just 2 things: a willingness to sacrifice some free time; and willingness to step out of your comfort zone for the ultimate cause–genocide.
Mr. Mayo said you guys could write some letters and maybe even plan your own event. That sounds like a plan if I’ve ever heard one! I’ve been working with a lot of high schools around the county to raise support, but you would be the first middle school I’ve heard of. If you all are interested in an event, I can definitely help you out with tips and materials. Some options are: a mass call-in, a concert or talent show where you have to write a letter to get in and group lobbying (or setting up and talking to a law-makers in person). With social justice, youth is only an impediment if you let it be.
About 30% percent of my school did not know anything or even how to pronounce Darfur, and about 20% didn’t even care. What does that say to you? Kids don’t care? What that says to me is that we need to work harder then we are now. If we teach that 50% of middle school kids what the Darfur genocide is and what they can do to help, then that would make a huge difference. One kid at my school said “10 cents are gonna go to the organization, 10 cents are going to go to the workers and 5 cents are going to go to the people. How is that going to help?” while we were selling wristbands. Another student said ” That bracelet is going to get them two double cheese burgers at Mcdonalds!” And even a teacher said “Theres only 6 people I really care about in this world” There are 2,000,000 million people not depending on their family or themselves but depending on us the save them.