"Somalia is in the grip of famine and chaos but officials there are inspecting bras
"..[T]he extremist ideology assumes that humans are a group of wild beasts that are completely incapable of controlling their instincts". In an editorial in The Independent, Alaa Al-Aswany discusses fundamentalist gender bias.
posted by gallois
on Oct 29, 2009 -
"By the time Emmanuel Jal
was 13, he was a veteran of two civil wars and had seen hundreds of his fellow child soldiers reduced to taking unspeakable measures as they struggled to survive on the killing fields of Southern Sudan. After a series of harrowing events, he was rescued by a British aid worker (Emma McCune) who smuggled him into Nairobi to raise him as her own. To help ease the pain of what he had experienced, Emmanuel started singing..." [more inside]
posted by Kerasia
on Jun 3, 2009 -
"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 -
Congressional Copy Editors Needed To Prevent Future Diplomatic Incidents
A minor typo in an unofficial transcript at a Congressional hearing a couple of weeks ago caused Sudan to think the U.S. had conducted a secret nuclear weapons test there in 1962. As one might expect, they didn't take the news well.
It snowballed: within a day, the Chinese news service was reporting that the Sudanese government held the U.S. responsible for "cancer spread in Sudan" caused by "U.S. nuclear experiments in the African country in 1962-1970."
posted by zarq
on Mar 16, 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 -
The Lost Boys of the Sudan
are a group of nearly 17,000 orphans whose parents were murdered and whose homes were destroyed by a government miltary turned against them. They marched on foot, without food or water, under attack from hungry predators & occasional strafing miltary fire for several years until settling in a squalid refugee camp in Kenya; nearly a decade later, the U.S. began a humanitarian policy of importing them, a few at a time, and resettling the lucky few in cities such as Chicago, Atlanta, and even Fargo, N.D. (NYTimes, reg req'd)
posted by jonson
on Jan 3, 2003 -
Export Restrictions on a website?
I had to agree to this before downloading stuff from Oracle:
I am not a citizen, national or resident of, and am not under the control of, the government of: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, nor any other country to which the United States has prohibited export.
posted by arnab
on Sep 10, 2002 -
China puts '700,000 troops' on Sudan alert.
"The Chinese have been brought in by aircraft and ship ... We've all seen the Chinese being brought in and can only pray about what's going to happen next." I am quite suprised I haven't heard more about this in the western media.
posted by cmacleod
on Aug 28, 2000 -