The Important Things
In case the idea of doing crazy things to my hair overshadows the greater purpose here, I just wanted to remind you all of the cause for which I'm trying to raise money.
400,000 are now dead in Darfur and there looks to be no end in sight to the violent attacks carried out by the Sudanese government-backed Janjaweed militias. With violence now spreading across the border into Chad, the threat of widespread regional instability has increased. And yet, the international community has not stepped up and taken the strong actions it must. Sadly, the minimal effort that the United States has put in to addressing the genocide is far more than what political leaders throughout the rest of the world have done.
Hopefully last week's actions in the House will begin to generate momentum here in the US to take a bigger role in ending this tragedy. Of course, politicians will do nothing if people don't speak up. And unfortunately, as the U.N. special adviser on prevention of genocide said last week in comments comparing this genocide to the one in Rwanda, there's still a great amount of apathy towards action in the international community: "My sense is there's the same kind of wariness," Mendez told a news conference Friday. 'Let somebody else do it' is still very much in place."
Save Darfur.org noted earlier this week that Senator Paul Simon commented, in retrospect, with regards to the genocide in Rwanda in 1994: "If every member of the House and Senate had received 100 letters from people back home saying we have to do something about Rwanda, when the crisis was first developing, then I think the response would have been different."
Now's the time we must all speak up. Spread the word, lobby your elected officials, participate in rallies — make the world be serious when it says "never again."