Carry the torch for the people of Darfur
Join friends and neighbors around Massachusetts as we call on China to use its influence to help end the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. MA Dream for Darfur is part of the international Dream for Darfur campaign. On Sunday, October 7, the people of Massachusetts will "carry the torch" for the people of Darfur. Use this website to organize an event of your own or join an existing torch relay in your area.
|10AM - 3PM|| Torch
relays are run throughout Massachusetts|
| 3:30PM - 5PM|| Torches from around the state converge at Government Center, Boston for a culminating torch-lighting ceremony|
Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, M.D., Co-founder, My Sister's Keeper
Jill Savitt, Director, Dream for Darfur Campaign
U.S. Congressman John F. Tierney, 6th District of Massachusetts
and other special guests
In less than a year, China will host the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. As China prepares to host the Olympics, one of the world's most powerful symbols of peace and brotherhood, it is failing to help end genocide in Darfur, one of the world's worst humanitarian crises.
As many as 400,000 people have already been killed in Darfur, and 2.5 million people have been driven from their homes.
All countries have a responsibility to stand up for the people of Darfur. China's economic, political, and military ties to the Sudanese government, however, give it considerable influence over Sudan's decisions. Sudan's relationship with China has allowed part of the country to prosper even as the Sudanese government commits horrific atrocities on its people.
Violence and destruction are raging in the Darfur region of western Sudan. Since February 2003, government-sponsored militias known as the Janjaweed have conducted a calculated campaign of slaughter, rape, starvation and displacement in Darfur. Experts estimate that roughly 200,000 people have died due to violence, starvation and disease. More than 2.5 million people have been displaced from their homes and over 200,000 have fled across the border to Chad. Many now live in refugee camps lacking adequate food, water,
shelter, sanitation, and health care. For the first time in history, the United States Congress and President recognized a situation as "genocide" while the atrocities were still ongoing. Characterized by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as "Hell on Earth," Darfur is widely considered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.
Hope to see you there!