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Darfur crisis: spreading the word…

August 28th, 2006 Comments off

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. Read more…

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Mail from the frontline: Darfur's current state of affairs

August 24th, 2006 Comments off

Until a few months ago, Dafur was (seemed to be) still high up on the agenda – of the western governments, the UN and the international news media. Then came the Israel-Lebanon crisis, which distracted everybody and gave news media a fresh pasture to feed on. The UN and the western powers have now found another area to show off their power and influence, and suddenly, it seems everybody has forgotten that there is still an ongoing crisis in Darfur – people are being killed, women are being sexually assaulted and the African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops seem very ineffective to stop any of these. We regularly hear about massive underfunding and lack of proper training for the AU troops, but no one seems to be doing anything about it. I hadn’t heard from this friend of mine, who works in Darfur, for quite some time. This morning I got an email from him, and here is what he had to say:
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