Natasha recently posted a lengthy review of a book about the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan. The book? Not On Our Watch, The Mission to End Genocide in Darfur and Beyond by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast (2007). She’s giving 4 winners 2 books each mainly to help get the word out about what’s going on and what we can do. I urge you to read her post. I thought, yeah, that’s something I believe in, so here goes:
1. Spell out the following number: 7 (this should send the comment into moderation) seven
2. Name one of the five criteria used to define genocide. Oh heck, I’m just going to list them all. This is important. Killing, causing serious bodily or mental harm, deliberately inflicting “conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, imposing measures to prevent births, forcibly transferring children from a targeted group
3. In which country is Darfur located? Sudan
4. How many years has the genocide been going for? 5-plus years (it’ll be 5.5 next month)
5. Fill in the blank from the Elie Wiesel quote in the book’s preface: Remember: Silence helps the killer, never his victims.
6. Name three of the six strategies for effective change? Again, I’m listing all six. There are a ton of ideas that stem out from these in the book (apparently) as well as in Natasha’s post, so don’t think of this as the end-all source of information. I’m just scratching the surface. Raise awareness, raise funds, write letters, call for divestment, join an organization, and lobby the government.
7. What are the three P’s of genocide prevention? Protecting the people, punishing the perpetrators, and promoting the peace.
8. What is at least one thing from the suggested ideas that you can commit to do? I commit to help raise awareness.
9. Leave a comment on that post stating what it is that you are committing to do. Done.
10. Am I planning a fundraising/awareness campaign on this blog come September? Yes.
This is so important. Join me, won’t you, in taking up the banner. Check on your senators’ and representative’s records on Darfur.