Darfur crisis: spreading the word…

Since my last post on Darfur crisis that included an email from a friend in Darfur itself, I have been getting quite a few visits to my blog. I am pleased that I could do little in my own way to “spread the word” as my friend put it. This evening I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email through my blog from somebody who is organising a meeting in NY to discuss the very issue, where Ruth Messinger, the President of American Jewish World Service, will be speaking about her recent trip to Darfur. Here is the email that I received:

Hi,
The internet is an amazing thing. Which is why I might turn to someone in Old York to promote an event in New York.
If you can let people know about this event, I would appreciate it.

Of course I’ll be happy to spread the word as much as I can. Anybody reading my blog, especially in NY area, please attend this meeting if you can. Below are the details that I received in email.

Bearing Witness: Crisis in Darfur

On September 5, 2006 at 8pm Ruth Messinger will speak about her recent trip to Darfur. She will be joined by Congressman Anthony Weiner and Sudanese refugee Daowd Salih.

Ms. Messinger is the executive director of American Jewish World Service, a humanitarian organization providing support to grassroots social change projects throughout the world. She has been to the Darfur region twice and witnessed some of the most horrific tragedies going on in the world today.

Congressman Weiner has spoken out on the floor of the House of Representatives, urging the international community to take stronger action in Darfur and has called upon the United Nations Security Council to pass that will be consequential in the lives of the people of Darfur.

Daowd Salih left everything behind in Darfur, but he was lucky, he survived the ethnic cleansing and slaughter going on in the region. He has been working hard to raise awareness and he is Vice Chairman of the Damanga Coalition for Freedom and Democracy, part of the SaveDarfur Coalition.

The UN has described the situation in Darfur as “the worst humanitarian and human rights situation in the world.”

The meeting will be held at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY

For more information contact: DarfurNY@gmail.com

As I mentioned in my previous post, Darfur has been in the shadow suddenly after the recent events in Middle East; however, reports coming from there shows that things there are no better than what they were when we were seeing it on the headlines everyday until a couple of months ago. Today’s main news from Darfur however is that of the arrest of twice Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek on charges of spying! Not a great news to highlight the Darfur issue, but I guess this might help turn the attention of the west to that troubled region again.