What may help lower the incidence of rape in Darfur? Stoves.
"Collecting firewood for cooking puts women in Sudan's conflict-plagued and impoverished Darfur region at risk of rape. But a simple stove that replaces traditional open fires has cut the time they spend on potentially dangerous missions looking for wood, while also helping the environment and boosting their finances, the United Nations World Food Programme says."
However, scholar Samer Abdelnour criticizes
"the role advocacy can play in transforming far-away crises into “manageable problems” that can be solved through simple technical solutions. A telling example is the portrayal of efficient cookstoves as a tool for preventing rape and other forms of gender-based violence, first in Darfur and now globally." [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest
on Jul 16, 2014 -
Google maps the Darfur crisis
To Find Darfur on Google Earth
1. Download Google Earth
2. Open the program; in bottom-left corner, click open tabs 'PrimaryDatabase,' then 'Global Awareness,' then 'USHMM: Crisis in Darfur.' Check the box next to 'Darfur' so markers appear over the region.Double-click the word 'Darfur' to automatically zoom in on the region.
3. Use mouse or navigation tools in top-right corner to move around the map.
posted by jne1813
on Apr 12, 2007 -
What can two nerds from Chicago do about the crisis in Darfur?
Donor fatigue means the marginal value of each life has effectively dropped to zero. Kill 5 people, kill 500, kill 500,000 - it makes no difference - each added fatality has absolutely no policy impact and won’t change the situation one iota. It’s not that as many as 500,000 (essentially an entire Seattle) have died in Darfur. The horrific thing is that they could kill another 500,000 and nobody will bat an eyelash.
posted by notsnot
on Dec 5, 2006 -
"I couldn't face the prospect of my child growing up and asking me, years later, what I had done, and having to say: 'Nothing.'"
Last spring Leslie Thomas, a Chicago-based architect, read a story detailing the fallout of hostilities between the Sudanese government and the rebels -- more than 200,000 dead, 2.5 million made homeless -- and decided to put together DARFUR/DARFUR
: a traveling exhibit
of digitally-projected changing images. The goal: to raise $1m with at least 24 venues in 24 months.
The photographs have been taken in Darfur
by photojournalists Lynsey Addario
, Mark Brecke
, VII's Ron Haviv
, Magnum Photos's Paolo Pellegrin
, Ryan Spencer Reed
, Michal Safdie, and former U.S. Marine Brian Steidle
. On a sidenote, Pellegrin has just been awarded the W. Eugene Smith Grant.
posted by matteo
on Nov 2, 2006 -
When you have a blog
, and you're the Special Representative of the UN in Darfur
, be careful
about what you write. Jan Pronk
's blog gives you a good idea in what a high level UN diplomat actually does, and how difficult it is to get anything done in a country torn by war. Oh, and check these photos out
, if you just want the non-political goodness.
posted by Harry
on Oct 25, 2006 -
Let's Play Genocide
MTV's Darfur Digital Activist online game contest has posted the four finalist teams' prototypes for voting. In Fetching Water
, "you are a Darfurian trying to to make it the well to get water without becoming a victim of the Janjaweed." When do social impact games
cross the line from raising awareness into trivializing?
posted by Cassford
on Feb 3, 2006 -
Genocide in Slow Motion.
"[For every Genocide this century], we have wrung our hands afterward and offered the lame excuse that it all happened too fast, or that we didn't fully comprehend the carnage when it was still under way. And now the same tragedy is unfolding in Darfur, but this time we don't even have any sort of excuse. In Darfur genocide is taking place in slow motion, and there is vast documentary proof of the atrocities."
posted by dgaicun
on Jan 20, 2006 -
Yesterday, Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, wrote a compelling article on the dire situation in Darfur and ways Americans can respond to this tragedy.
Yeah, that's thoughtful and all but we already talked about that here
, and here
, and here
, and oh yeah, here
and even more here!
So, what do the last two years teach me about 400,000 dead? That I still couldn't tell you exactly where it is in Africa..but I know that Paris dated a guy named Paris
. Happy sleeping America, and now where's my Soma
posted by Mr Bluesky
on Nov 29, 2005 -
Lost Boys of Sudan
is an amazing documentary about refugees from Sudan's Darfur conflict
finding haven in the US. It's premiering on PBS tomorrow. Their website has local PBS listings as well as locations and times of upcoming screenings in the US. From sleeping on the ground in a UN refugee camp to working at WalMart in Dallas, the men in the film undertake an enormously difficult, but ultimately life-saving journey.
posted by scarabic
on Sep 27, 2004 -
Rape as a weapon of war: sexual violence and its consequences
Amnesty International offers a stirring and comprehensive account of what's going on in Darfur: "When we tried to escape they shot more children. They raped women; I saw many cases of Janjawid raping women and girls. They are happy when they rape. They sing when they rape and they tell that we are just slaves and that they can do with us how they wish."
posted by The God Complex
on Jul 28, 2004 -