"Camp Darfur" Los Angeles (April 7-11): Speak Out on Genocide-Hunger-HIV/AIDS!
- Dear Friends,
The humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan has displaced 2.5 million people internally, placed 3.5 million in jeopardy of starvation, and left 200,000 refugees from Darfur in 12 camps in eastern Chad. Three years of fighting in Darfur have destroyed hundreds of villages and led to more than 400,000 deaths.As many as 50,000 have died in violent raids over the past year alone, and rape, torture, and looting are commonplace.The UN has warned of mass epidemics, including HIV/AIDS. Women and girls are especially vulnerable to these health challenges, due to the sexual and gender violence which strongly affects their lives in refugee situations.
"Camp Darfur", an action being planned for April 7-11, 2006, in Los Angeles, California, will seek to increase awareness and activism about conditions in Darfur by giving the public insights about the lives of refugees and life in a refugee camp. This event is set to open on the anniversary of the first day of the Rwandan genocide in 1994, which killed upwards of one million people. "Camp Darfur" will hopefully travel to other cities later this year.Signed postcards will be gathered for the "Million Voices" initiative, a campaign seeking to gather massive citizen support for civilian protection of Darfuris (via signing and sending virtual and actual postcards to the current U.S. Administration, calling for leadership for the victims of genocide): http://millionvoicesfordarfur.org.There will also be films, educational exhibits, arts and crafts, music, and a physical encampment, simulating some of the conditions and hardships refugees endure. FilmAid International (http://www.filmaid.org ), which works with refugees in a number of world hotspots--bringing films, training, entertainment, education, employment opportunities, and empowerment, along with emotional and psychological uplift and a sense of connectedness and caring--will be screening films, as they have in refugee camps in East Africa, Sudan, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.Among honored guests will be activists, artists, youth (high-school and college students), actors (several are FilmAid International board members), political figures, and members of the media. Contact organizer Gabriel Stauring at gabriel@... for more information, and see the official Camp Darfur website for all details: http://www.campdarfur.org.Nonprofits and networks responsible for organizing this event include Stop Genocide Now (www.stopgenocidenow.org), Amoration (www.ihcenter.org/groups/amoration.html), and Omidyar Network (www.omidyar.net).