Thursday, March 6, 2008

Many Voices for Darfur

For 48 hours, starting at midnight Eastern standard time on March 6, 2008, many student voices will be collected in the name of those suffering in Darfur. Be sure that your voice is among them.

Men, women, and children in the Darfur region of Sudan are dying. The Sudan militia and Janjaweed are responsible for as many as 500,000 deaths and 2,500,000 displaced refugees. You can learn more about the genocide taking place in Darfur by visiting the Many Voices for Darfur Wiki. Once you have had a chance to learn more about Darfur, please post your comment to one or more of the following prompts below:

  1. If you could visit the camps in Chad and sit down one-on-one with a refugee who is your age, how would you explain what you or others are doing in your country to spread awareness and make a difference?

  2. Write an open letter to Omar al-Bashir pleading your case for the Darfur region of Sudan.

  3. Write an open letter to leaders in your country to make a case for government support of international efforts in Darfur.
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Thanks for participating in the Many Voices for Darfur project!

Sara from Nevada said...

If I were to sit down with a refugee from in Chad, I really wouldn't know what to say. Honestly, I don't think that much is being done to stop this horrible problem. The prompt asked how I would explain to the child what was being done to help them. The answer: not enough. Truthfully, if enough was being done, than a project like this wouldn't be needed. It would be difficult to face the refugee, who is my age, and know that I have no answers to the horror that he or she has to face on a daily basis. Something needs to be done to stop these murders. We all need to come together, to help the people of Darfur.
Sara, 12th Grade, Nevada

Anonymous said...

Dear Omar al-Bashir,
I think that what you are doing to the citizens in Darfur is wrong. It cruel and you don't deserve to be the president of Sudan. Killing the people in Darfur is like people from America or the U.K. killing the citizens in Sudan except for Darfur. What you should really be doing is figuring out what you can do to make it so Darfur doesn't become it's own country. You can talk to the citizens of Darfur and figure out what the want and compramise with them.
Sincerely

Bradey

Josephine said...

Dear Omar al-Bashir,

I feel that the people of Darfur are not being helped in any form. There are refugees in Chad, sleeping under tents, and trees. Those people don't deserve to be treated in such a way. The janjaweed militia shouldn't be allowed to kill, rape, or steal. The refugees simply don't deserve it. You as the President of Sudan should be able to stop the outrageous environment that the people of Darfur are living in. So as the voice of those from Darfur, please stop the madness.

Anonymous said...

Dear George W. Bush,
I think that the people of our country could make a difference in Darfur, or at least try to.
People of Darfur can't even afford to have a decent roof over their heads and many people are starving. There are not many jobs in Darfur so it isn't easy to earn money for the family because there really isn't a place to earn that money to put food on the table or provide needs. I think that the United States should contribute to the country Darfur by having a few people from the U.S to go over there and try to stop all the outrage of emotion. As the United States we could help Darfur so that many people would have better jobs. We could possibly make a deal with the people of Darfur and make is so that they would just have to pay the money back that we lend them. The United States could make a contract that Darfur could sign and agree to. If we were to lend the people of Darfur money the contract would make is so that they would have to use the money that the United States lent them on things like starting a few good profitable businesses and providing homes for some of the individuals in Darfur.

Thanks,
Alisha

dalleano said...

If i were to sit down and talk to a refugee and tell what were doin in our country to help spread the word that theres bad things goin on in chad and darfur withe the janjaweed militia raping and stealing and killing people and thaty were trying to let people know this is bad and something should be done to help out the people of chad

Dakota_Larson said...

Mr. President,
If I were to sit down and talk to someone from Darfur. I would not know what to say at all, I wouldn't even know how to start off the conversation at all. I think that it would be difficult to talk to someone who is a refugee and sit down and talk to them about what happend. I think that most people would not be able to do that. I think that the Sudan goverment should help out the Darfur refugees. We should all come together and help out the Darfur goverment and eliminate the Janjaweed, who are bringing horror to over 3 million people. Don't you think that it would be hard for you to sit down and talk to someone who is a refugee from somewhere, and talk about all the horrors they have gone through?
Dakota from Maine...

Dakota_Larson said...

Mr. President,
If I were to sit down and talk to someone from Darfur. I would not know what to say at all, I wouldn't even know how to start off the conversation at all. I think that it would be difficult to talk to someone who is a refugee and sit down and talk to them about what happend. I think that most people would not be able to do that. I think that the Sudan goverment should help out the Darfur refugees. We should all come together and help out the Darfur goverment and eliminate the Janjaweed, who are bringing horror to over 3 million people. Don't you think that it would be hard for you to sit down and talk to someone who is a refugee from somewhere, and talk about all the horrors they have gone through?
Dakota from Maine...

dalleano said...

dylan from maine
If i were to sit down and talk to a refugee and tell what were doin in our country to help spread the word that theres bad things goin on in chad and darfur withe the janjaweed militia raping and stealing and killing people and thaty were trying to let people know this is bad and something should be done to help out the people of chad

Anonymous said...

If I talked to a refugee from Chad I would tell them that not a lot is being done. Many people don't care about what is going on over in Chad. Some people aren't even aware of what is going on over there.
If I was to talk to someone over in Chad I wouldn't know what to tell him. Would it be that some people don't care. Would it be that people don't know.

Anonymous said...

Dear Al-Bashir,
You need to do something about your country. People are dying. People are leaving your country because there is to much violence. I don't know if you know about it or not, but people are running away and having to live in camps because they have nowhere to live. The Janjaweed militia need to be stopped, they are killing to many people. So are other people.You can do something about it, you are the leader of Sudan. The refugees need help,they are running for their lives. They need help.

Anonymous said...

Mr. President Omar Bishir,
The people in the darfur region of sudan are being either driven from their homes in fear for their lives or if they stay being slaughtered like unrully animals.This is happening in your part of the world!Can't you do a little more to stop this violence being encouraged by the janjaweed and their airborne attacks on the villages?
Yes,i know everyone has to die eventually but death from violence is definitely one of the worse ways to go out of this world.
Do we really have to go to such extreme measures as to put the janjaweed in the arctic ocean untill they chill out enough that they are human ice cubes?
~Jessy,9th grade,Maine*

Anonymous said...

If I were to sit down and talk to a refugee from Darfur, as Sara from Nevada said, I do not know what I would tell them. I do not think that the United States is doing enough to help them, let alone go over to their country to provide medical care. Even though the leader of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir is not letting the United Nations into Darfur to provide medical care and support, I think that the United States and the UN should be trying harder, even if it has to come down to breaking into the countries borders. In Darfur, an estimated 2.5 million have been displaced from the conflict in Darfur. We have been working for peace in Darfur since 2003, and quite a lot, but not enough has been done. T-shirts have been made and donations have been sent to Darfur, but I think that we need to put ourselves in the places of the refugees. We need to take a walk in their shoes, and understand the things that they are going through. The only way we will be able to help and save Darfur is if we understand.

Lucy P said...

If I could visit a camp in Chad, I would be terrified. Why? Because the Janjaweed.


Also, being driven from your home would be really scary. How do you think the darfurians feel about this?

Anonymous said...

If I was going to sit down and talk with a refugee from Chad, I would be in shock and unable to think properly. In my mind all that would be sparkin is all the horrible things that this person has gone through, and for such silly reasons. When I would finally get my tounge back in my mouth and my brain back in my head, I would explain what we are doing to try and help them. I would say something to the effect of how hundreads of children are writing letters to try and show the Sudanese people that this is over nothing it all their doing is murding people for no reason. However honestly, I don't think a refugee would want to hear of how their being helped, but instead they would reather see it.

Anonymous said...

Dear Al-Bashir,
In case you did not notice, your country is divided and destroying itself. Your people who live in Darfur are fleeing the country because of the rogue Janjaweed mallitia, who is believed to be armed with YOUR weapons! Chad is becoming filled with the people you are supposed to help. If it you continue to ignore, or assist the threat to innocent people in Darfur many countries will come to it's aid, and take you out of power. Many people already are angered by the way you ignore the problem without helping your country at all. Please help the country you are supposed to lead and protect.

Ben from Maine

leah l. said...

Dear George W. Bush,
As you may know, there are major conflicts going on in Darfur. Thousands of Darfurians are fleeing from their homes in Western Sudan and crossing the border from Sudan into Chad as refugees. The people of Darfur are deprived of clean water, food, shelter, and safety. These are basic needs that every one must have. There is a horrible injustice being done to the people of Darfur and it must stop. The Sudanese government is responsible for the heinous crimes and genocide that is happening to the people of Darfur. The help from the United States and/or the U.S. army may change the future of Darfur for the better. The genocide can stop, and it is up to us to help. Spreading awareness is the first step. Taking action is the second. The genocide can come to an end with the help of the United States. Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Leah
Grade 9
Maine

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. President,
I am sure that you are aware of the condition of all the people in Darfur. Yet you are doing nothing. The people are being attacked and taking refuge in the closest country, Chad. As the president of Sudan I feel that it is your responsibility to do whatever you can to protect the people of your country. Like I said you are doing nothing, I seriously can't see that there is anything you are doing to help these people. In fact it seems as though you are helping the Janjaweed militia. You won't even allow other countries to really help them. Also; would you care to maybe explain how or where the Janjaweed militia is getting it's plains for the bombs. Consider this, it might help your ridiculous thinking. The people in your country who are DIEING are the same people that elected to president. Not that they voted for you anyway, but there really wouldn't have if they new you would be that irresponsible and ignore their safety problems. The people of Sudan should be very ashamed to have a president like you.
Amanda, from Maine, USA

Julia R said...

Julia R in NC in 6th grade


I agree with Sara from Nevada I think that if genocide in Darfur was really a big deal they would find a way to stop it.
I still think it’s a huge deal, don’t get me wrong but I think that UN needs to pretend to be an immigrant, hopping over the Mexican border and sneaking into Darfur.

Sara from Nevada also wrote: “If I were to sit down with a refugee from in Chad, I really wouldn't know what to say.”

I totally disagree with you Sara because asking a child from Chad would be huge. You could ask him how he feels and how he lives now because of genocide. I think I would ask him so many questions it would take all day!

Matthew P. said...

I noticed in this picture that there is a boy a mom and a baby and their homes are being destoyed by the fire that is spreading through Darfur.

I also notice that the STOP sign says STOP genocide and that it is brought to you be the caring world of community.

They should try to stop the genocide going on in Darfur right now so that thay won't have so many people dieing there.

So do you think that they should try and stop the genocide or should thay let it keep going on in DAFUR??!!

Matthew,6th Grade, N. Carolina

Gregor I said...

Sara from Nevada said:
I don’t think people are doing much to help.

I agree with you Sara. If this is such a big deal, than whey aren’t very many people are doing something about it?
I think that genocide is a ridiculous thing. You must have to be extremely racist to want to do such a thing.
Think about if someone, or lots of people, came into the US and started killing off Americans by the thousands. How would that make you feel?

- Gregor I

michelle b said...

Sara wrote:
It’s horrible that many people are dying right know in Darfur.

And she’s right, yet do you think just because there’s a genocide we should go and help? I do agree that that benefits them but what would it do to us? Do you think its right for people to just go and kill people because they feel like it?

Can you compare this event to another one that you’ve talked about?

signed,
fruitloops23

Joy said...

Boycott the Olympics

As you know, China is holding the Olympics this year. You might even know that China is Darfur’s highest oil/Gas buyer. So in other words, the Sudanese government and Chinas government are very close. They have many ties and connections. China has not done anything to persuade the Sudanese government to stop the Genocide. They have basically sat back and watched it happen.
Because China is neglecting to save the people of Sudan the people here in America and even in some other parts of the world they are renaming the Olympics as the Genocide Olympics. Steven Spielberg (who was the creative director) has dropped out because of the poor job done by the government in China. Many people are urging those of us who care about the Genocide, and even those who don’t, to boycott the Olympics.
In order for China to truly get the message that this needs to stop, we need to hand deliver it. The Olympics are the biggest thing to happen to China, so they will most likely do anything to protect it. If we can get enough people to boycott, we can make a huge difference. China is already making headlines for recently, Urging the Sudanese Government to Take Action. So as you can so we are already starting to make a difference. Just keep it up.

Matthew P. said...

I would tell them that we are trying to raise awareness about the genocide that is going on in Darfur. Maybe we can tell them to try and be safe and not go outside of their homes so the do not get hurt by the people that are trying to kill them. There are people in the government that are trying to stop the genocide to just like we are here in the United States.

I noticed in this picture that there is a boy a mom and a baby and their homes are being destroyed by the fire that is spreading through Darfur.

I also notice that the STOP sign says STOP genocide and that it is brought to you be the caring world of community.

They should try to stop the genocide going on in Darfur right now so that they won't have so many people dieing there.

So do you think that they should try and stop the genocide or should they let it keep going on in DAFUR??!!

The Joker said...

Sarah form Nevada, you said: "I don't think that much is being done to stop this horrible problem."

I agree Sarah, because so many people are dying and no-one is doing anything about it. Do you think that some people are just ignoring the genocide just because it isn’t their problem since it’s not in their country?

-The Joker

Patricia said...

Hi my name is Patricia, I'm an 8th grader in Maryland. Check out my awesome blog.


OLYMPICS What do they mean? This year they are going to be held in Beijing, China. That also means that China will be able to have the biggest impact on the conflict in Sudan. They are Sudan’s biggest ally since that is where China gets most of their oil so they choose not to jeopardize their relationship then get in the way and help. Because of this many people will lose their lives. To help Sudan we can’t support the Olympics.
Every one in the world likes and watches the Olympics but they don’t know what is behind it. This year the tragedy in Darfur is behind it but is finally sure to be heard. We are trying to get the people that are working in the Olympics to boycott in our effort to help the darfurians. Steven Spielberg was one of the art people helping but quit when he found out that they weren’t doing anything. If China did anything they would have one of the biggest impacts then anyone else in the UN. The UN is trying to help but China will stand up for them and keep the UN from doing anything. Now since they are feeling pressured to help they are starting to crack an\d just maybe we will be able to help the citizens in Darfur.
Again in our effort to help Sudan we can’t support the Olympics. If we do as much as we have before then the people of the government will not see how much we care about them. So as a final say in this, do as much as you possibly can to help us save Darfur.

Kate M said...

Sara from Nevada wrote: Truthfully, if enough was being done, than a project like this wouldn't be needed.

I agree with Sara because if people were trying really hard to stop this genocide the world would know how bad it is in Darfur.

I think the reason that other countries haven’t stepped in to take action in the genocide is that other countries are busy now. Take the US for instance. I’m sure people want to help but they are so worried about the war in Iraq. Many other countries are dealing with other problems like immigration, elections, and so much more. I would never think that no one tries to help but they probably get busy.

Kate M. North Carolina

The Joker said...

Gregor I. you said: “Think about if someone, or lots of people, came into the US and started killing off Americans by the thousands. How would that make you feel?

I think that if America’s citizens were being killed then people would come to help since we are a superpower.

If Sudan was a superpower then do you think that people would come to help them?

-The Joker

Leah B. said...

Sarah from Nevada wrote: Honestly, I don't think that much is being done to stop this horrible problem.

My question is can we do too much. This Genocide has been going on for five years and we have been in Iraq helping them and now we are on to our next problem.

It is like the world’s problem’s are up to us. What you said is also true though. If we didn't worry about things throughout history where would be today?

But I don't know.
Should we take a chance and stand up for other people in other countries? There is almost a door that shuts everyone out of other country’s problems.
Why do we hesitate when really it is not like we are on different planets?

It seems like we have been doing that for everyone these days!
Can anyone help?

~Leah B.

Matthew P. said...

I would tell them that we are trying to raise awareness about the genocide that is going on in Darfur. Maybe we can tell them to try and be safe and not go outside of their homes so the do not get hurt by the people that are trying to kill them. There are people in the government that are trying to stop the genocide to just like we are here in the United States.

I noticed in this picture that there is a boy a mom and a baby and their homes are being destroyed by the fire that is spreading through Darfur.

I also notice that the STOP sign says STOP genocide and that it is brought to you be the caring world of community.

They should try to stop the genocide going on in Darfur right now so that they won't have so many people dieing there.

So do you think that they should try and stop the genocide or should they let it keep going on in DAFUR??!!

Lucy p said...

Kate-


If we are so busy, why are we seen as lazy if we have our own problems? More importantly, what is more important, Iraq or Darfur?

Lucy p 6 grade,NC

Matthew P. said...

I would tell them that we are trying to raise awareness about the genocide that is going on in Darfur. Maybe we can tell them to try and be safe and not go outside of their homes so the do not get hurt by the people that are trying to kill them. There are people in the government that are trying to stop the genocide to just like we are here in the United States.

I was looking through some political cartoons and I found one that showed houses in Darfur that were getting burnt down by the Jangaweed and now the people have to move out of their houses and find another place to live.

I noticed in this picture that there is a boy a mom and a baby and their homes are being destroyed by the fire that is spreading through Darfur.

I also notice that the STOP sign says STOP genocide and that it is brought to you be the caring world of community.

They should try to stop the genocide going on in Darfur right now so that they won't have so many people dieing there.

So do you think that they should try and stop the genocide or should they let it keep going on in DAFUR??!!

laurel said...

It is 5 o’clock in the morning in Darfur. It’s still mostly dark outside. Ismail Jarbo and his family awake to the sound of aircraft flying overhead and bombing. Janjaweed, the Sudanese Air Force, jeeps and aircrafts are attacking them. The bombs come. They reach Ismail Jarbo’s house. His house is destroyed. Underneath all of the bricks and crumbling straw and mud are bodies. Ismail Jarbo starts helping other survivors free the dead bodies from the rubble, but there are so many dead. It takes them about two days to get all of the bodies out, and grieve and bury them. Soon, Ismail learns that his father is dead. Ismail is not the only one who has lost friends, family, and everything he ever knew and loved in Darfur. These people are suffering, and we need to help.



The conflict in Darfur started in 2003, and since then, the United Nations still hasn’t intervened. Hundreds of civilians are forced to flee their homes every day because of the Janjaweed attacks and Air Force bombings. Even those who make it to refugee camps don’t have enough food and water. They faced with limited medical care, if any. As if food and water shortages aren’t bad enough, the refugees are crammed into small, shabby huts with no necessities. Since 2003, bombing and Janjaweed attacks have killed over 200,000 civilians. Sadly, since the Sudanese government is supporting the attacks on the people of Darfur, there is not enough help being sent. The Janjaweed is made up of nomads of Arab descent who live to the north of Darfur. They came south into Darfur farming land for water and food, and the people fought back and tried to keep them out of their farmland. The Sudanese government isn’t willing to openly admit that there is a genocide going on in the country, so stronger countries and organizations, like the US and the UN need to help out.



There are many things that can be done to help out in Darfur, some on a national level, and some things that anyone with a few dollars to spare can do. On a large scale, the US and the UN can send troops into Darfur to protect the civilians from Janjaweed attacks. If our government isn’t willing to do that, then we should at least send supplies and necessities to Darfur refugee camps. One thing that the county can do is a divestment towards helping the cause. We are trying to help a group of high schoolers get a divestment passed in Montgomery County. If the county stops paying companies that could be blocking UN action in Darfur, then we would be one small step closer to ending the genocide. To help out in Darfur on an individual basis, donating money to organizations that provide medical supplies or doctors for struggling countries, or other such action groups is an option. Raising money through a fundraiser for Darfur is a good way to raise a larger amount of money. Also, organizations are selling bracelets for Darfur to help spread awareness about this topic, because the media seems to avoid it. The money from bracelet sales also goes overseas to help out. Because the Sudanese haven’t put a stop to the genocide yet, after five years, the nightmare will
continue until others make an effort to help.

To see the stories of some Darfur refugees click_here

Leah B. said...

Kate M. wrote:. Many other countries are dealing with other problems like immigration, elections, and so much more. I would never think that no one tries to help but they probably get busy.

We can worry about our troops and all sure, but you are sitting at your computer right now while a whole race is being brutally killed off one by one.

We can say that we are a town or a state or a country or a continent, and that we don't need to get involved in other countries and stuff but, in the end we are all one world.

In the end we are not just a town or a state or a country or a continent, we are a world that is slowly falling apart and some of us are too lazy to do something for someone that is not near you.
This world is not up to individual countries, it is up to all of us.

Anger and hatred is rolling in from across seas like a tsunami swallowing us whole. A tornado of cries for help blow past and all we can say is they are a different country, what about our world? We think that hurricanes and tsunamis are going to kill our states and countries and what not but can you see what is going to kill our world.

Hate and evil and these lazy people are the most dangerouse threat I have seen so far.

What do you think should be done to this world that may not be obvious but I think is soon about to erupt with hate and kill more people than any volcano can!

I don’t think we can be too busy to help with a genocide!

Is it our problem?

~ Leah B.

Spencer from Maryland said...

Darfur is the main supplier of oil to China therefore China completely trusts and “helps” Darfur. In this conflict China is supplying the Sudanese government with military items such as weapons, helicopters and other equipment. The question is; should China still be able to host the Olympics when they are supplying the main cause of this genocide (the Janjaweed) with weapons. If China is going to hold the Olympics I say we stand up for Darfur and boycott the Olympics. Don’t watch it, don’t have anything to do with it.

The well known movie director Steven Spielberg has backed out of being the artistic director for the Beijing Olympic Games because China is not taking action to stop the crisis in Darfur. China’s leading film director says that “the Olympics are simply sporting events and that political issues should not be involved in them.” When the Darfur conflict began in 2003 it only started out as the government hiring men to bring down rebel groups. They say that they were “draining the swamp to kill the fish” but then it got out of hand and then suddenly 200,000 to 400,000 people were dead. People say that this conflict is turning into a Holocaust. In the Holocaust museum inscribed on a wall is the phrase “never again”. “Never again”, do you think that means keep doing it or that it’s okay to do it? No! It means that never again will there be a Holocaust, but yet we are on the brink of one as we speak. And what may I ask is being done about this? The answer is; nothing. But we as citizens are able to do something. We can spread awareness.

In the Darfur region there used to be approximately six million people but now only about two million still live there. If China had not supported the Janjaweed/Sudan then there would not have been that much of a decrease in Darfur’s population. This genocide is worse than it seems. The genocide is spreading into neighboring Chad. China has the most influence over Sudan and yet it is not using its influence to stop the upcoming disaster. That is why we must boycott the Olympics, that is why we must take action, because China won’t.

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Austin k said...

We read an article where the Janjaweed went rampaging through the city’s and burning down every hut and killing every person in there way. If I lived in one of the cities I would be really scared because I wouldn’t know if I was going to get killed.

The joker asked if the Genocide isn’t in our country then why we should care about it? I think that even if it’s not in country that we should still help because then all the Black Africans in Darfur will die.

Do you think that if we don’t do anything that all the Black Africans will die?

anna b said...

Yesterday I brought how people in Darfur are being killed and facts about genocide up to my sister in high school. She started laughing and called me a geek for spending a lot of time on this project. She said she heard it before, but she rather be hanging out with her friends then working on a project for people in Darfur that wouldn’t make a difference.
I wonder if we can find a way to make a difference if more people would join?
Annab.

Jordan S. said...

Kate M. said:
“I think the reason that other countries haven’t stepped in to take action in the genocide is that other countries are busy now.”

I think that this is true, but just like the other problems in the world that are keeping people from helping, isn’t Darfur genocide a problem itself? Does this relate to countries not stepping in for each other because they are focused on their own problems?

Also, many of these comments were based on how little the number of people helping is. How would the citizens of Darfur react to this quantity? Would they be devastated? No one has ever taken the time to think of their reaction to what is being done.

I Darfur genocide its own problem compared to all the other situations?
How do you think the Darfur citizens would react?

-Jordan S.

Blake Norris said...

Lucy p said: How do you think the darfurians feel about this?

Lucy, one question how would you feel if your home was being torn apart every single day and your friends and loved ones that you have known for so long could be dead just like that one shot.

Do you guys remember the genocide that happened to the Jews with Hitler? It was terrible and do you want 2.2 million people dead again? I’m sure that people are being killed and houses are being destroyed every second in Darfur its time to do something about this genocide!

Signed,
Blake Norris
6th Grade
North Carolina

Abram K. and Matt E. said...

This is ridiculous that 2 million people have already died in Darfur and more displaced, WOW!!! The Janjaweed, Darfur’s militia has been killing random black Africans. This is not cool, and if you think were geeks well I will have to tell you more.

And this has going on for 5 years!!!!!! Stop the madness!

And they were in poverty already they were starving, why can’t this stop. The Janjaweed are killing there one people FOR NO REASON!!!! WHY is there genocide in general? Think about that for a minute!

Abram K. and
Matt E., 6th grade

Tania R/The Belgian Waffle said...

Sara from Nevada said: The prompt asked how I would explain to the child what was being done to help them. The answer: not enough.

I understand where you’re coming from, Sara. If everybody would pitch in to help the people of Darfur, then this wouldn’t be such a problem. Some people may ask, “Why should I care?” Why? Because right now, you’re either safely at school, home, work and anywhere else, and the genocide seems so… unreal. I think what may be happening here is that since not much awareness is being raised against this issue, people don’t think that it’s getting out of hand.

History is repeating itself. Not once, not twice, but several times. Genocide mainly occurs because it doesn’t hit people that something really may not be what it seems.

The Germans thought that the Jews were taking all their money, therefore causing inflation to one side of the country, so they were killed. But really, was it the Jews fault? Is it that people always want to blame a problem occurring in their life on some one else? Do people have a hard time finding fault in their own actions?

Gregor I said...

Kate said that no one cares what is happening in Darfur.

I disagree with you Kate, because so many people are talking about it. I think that people aren’t doing anything to help, but lots of people care. You would have to be evil to let this pass without caring about it. If only people really started helping.

If I could, I would help, but I am too young to do something affective.
Do you think kids should be able to make a difference?

Why do you think genocides happen in general? I think that it starts with one person being extremely racist, and trick more and more people into being racist. Then, they go so far that they want to kill off all that they hate. Last, they try fighting for tears, and usually aren’t successful. Most of the time, military forces from different countries come and help.
Do you think the US should send troops over to help?

- Gregor I

Adelle said...

It is our global responsibility to prevent Genocide in Darfur, Sudan. This has been the longest genocide of the twenty-first century, and has been going on since 2003. But it is our responsibility to watch over our fellow countries, which is called Global Responsibility. Today Darfur is in ruins, towns are destroyed, markets are burned, many civilians are dead or close to death, but it could have been stopped and still can be.
The persecutors, called the janjaweed, are the cause of the thousand of deaths. We need to stop the janjaweed from going around the villages and killing the men, raping the women and most importantly taking the innocence of our youth. Janjaweed are responsible for over 200,000 killings in Darfur, and forcing 45,000 people to flee to Chad, the neighboring country. The people of Darfur need our help, and it is our responsibility to help them. We have already started doing our job by creating blogs and researching websites, all to help raise awareness about the situation in Darfur. The most effective thing we did at our school is sell green wristband, labeled "Save Darfur" and "Not on our watch." The money we raised was sent to help the people of Darfur. Also we write blogs on our websites about current updates on Darfur. The amount of readers that blogs get will increase each week and raise more awareness. The Awareness about the Genocide happening in Darfur will increase, and as a result people will start taking action. Raising awareness will help us to get to our main goal.
Our main goal is to pressure the rebel groups to cease all attacks on the people of Darfur, and hopefully come to an effective solution for them. Most importantly, we should ensure that the United Nations and African Union mission have the tools that they need to stop the Genocide in Darfur. It’s important to remember that preventing Genocide is our global responsibility; we have to keep the world at peace and make that our most significant commitment. We cannot allow this to happen, so we must do all that we can to help stop the Genocide in Darfur.

Anonymous said...

Dear Joy,
I don't really understand what you mean about boycotting the Olympics. Can you explain it more?

Salma 6th grade, Virginia

Maureen said...

Global Responsibility & Darfur

The usual scene in Darfur is +people running and hiding where they could hoping it would be burned down. Children are frightened trying to find their family in all this chaos. Women of any age being raped and left to die. All you can see is red. Red from the blood of the innocent shed. Red from the fires that are burning the homes and possessions the people of Darfur once known. When the janjaweed have done their tasks the government bombers and Sudanese government comes to make sure nobody is a survivor by bombing and shooting. The few that survived that horrid destruction are left with no food or shelter or family. They are basically left to die of a painfully emotional death.
In the western region of Sudan is a stretch of land called Darfur. The people in Darfur are usually farmers trying to make living from planting crops. Darfur used to have rebels that were rebelling against the Sudanese Government claming that the government was corrupt and that it was abandoning the people of Darfur. The Sudanese Government in response to this was to send the Janjaweed. Janjaweed in Arabic means man or devil on horseback. Janjaweed did their tasks and the rebels were no more, but they decided they could do much more and they decided to burn down the villages and terrorize the innocent unarmed people of Darfur. You would think that the Sudanese Government would be there to aid the Darfurians, but they didn’t. They made it worst. They sent their army to Darfur and government bombers to bomb the villages that were fully occupied with people. The force they brought into Darfur was no t to eliminate the Janjaweed but to eliminate the people in Darfur. This is when we say that this is genocide. When genocide happens it is our global responsibility to prevent and stop it. Then why is 5 years later the Darfur crisis is still going on?
Global Responsibility is basically the responsibility the people of the world have. Our responsibility to try to do all we can to stop genocides from happening, like Darfur. Everyday, ordinary people can make a big difference. So use any chances you get contribute to a program that help the people in Darfur. Remember it is our responsibility to stop this tragedy.

Austin S. said...

I think the genocide is very important than I thought it was the first time I knew. It is horrible because they are killing all of the Darfurians and destroying there homes. Also many people in Sudan are poor.

Most people in the United States do not care about this genocide. Think about when Hitler tried to kill all the Jews in World War 2. Everyone cared about the Jews during that time.

How would you feel if you lived there and no one was helping you?

Also do you think Sudan being poor having anything to do with the genocide?

Signed,
Austin S.

Anonymous said...

Dear President Bush,

As you may very well be aware, Darfur is facing country wide genocide due to the lack of efforts from Omar Al-Bashir. The government of Sudan and the Janjaweed are responsible for letting the deaths of so many people go right over their heads. Many innocent people are living in fear of dying every day of their lives. Girls are being raped and boys are being recruited to the Rebels. Those Rebels are trained to ruthlessly kill anyone they see without any feeling whatsoever. If the government there will not do something, we as a nation should take some time out of our lives to give a hand and help the poor people that suffer in Sudan and Darfur. Relief efforts are being made and donations are being given, but it just is not enough. When the holocaust struck Germany, the world gathered together and said, “We won’t let this happen ever again.” We thought that genocide would never be a problem after that. The killing in Darfur will result just like the holocaust if no one acts on it. How can we let this continue? The United States government needs to support the internal efforts in Darfur. Even a small donation can help out in this cause. The world needs to come together and stop the killing of innocent people once and for all. If you could take some time out of your busy schedule to discuss this issue, it would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Katie

Kenny said...

Dear Mr. President,

The Darfur tragedy is still growing with each passing day. They are still having a genocide. We need to join together with other countries and join the efforts to help prevent the genocide from happening. There is no doubt that this is a genocide; many politicians have already declared this a genocide, such as: Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Colin Powell.
Many other countries have been sending minimal troops in to help repel the Janjaweed, but these have not been enough. I think we should try to send more of our in to help aid the crisis in Darfur. You yourself have declared that the number of international troops in Darfur should be increased, why not help increase their numbers ourselves? We could also send them financial aid; while there may be organizations in the U.S. already trying to donate to the Darfur cause, they could always use a helping hand from our government. Just declaring a state of emergency in Darfur will not cut it anymore; we need to take action now. People right now are suffering and we need to do all we can to help them, now.

Sincerely,
Kenny

Kate M said...

Have you ever thought about how many genocides have been committed? How many of these genocides have been successful? If none of these have been successful why do people still attempt genocide?

If you were a victim how would you feel about the fact that genocide never worked but people in country are still doing it?

I have been studying many different genocides and I have noticed they all have one thing in common they all are based around one race’s pride.

The genocide in WWII was about German pride. The genocide in Eastern Europe was about Serbian pride?

Do you think people use pride as a way to gain power and do you agree with that?

Kate M

Anonymous said...

I don't agree with Alisha becuse if we send american troops to Darfur we are just getting our noses into another countrys problems.

A.J.,6th Grade,Virgina

Catherine S. said...

Catherine S. from NC in 6th grade

Sara in Nevada said: Honestly, I don't think that much is being done to stop this horrible problem.

I disagree with Sara, I think that we are helping the people that live in Darfur; I mean look what we are doing now. We are trying to help them by raising awareness.

If no one cared about this problem we would not be writing about this genocide in our blogs and talking about this in all of are classrooms.

Sara also said:
Something needs to be done to stop these murders.

Why should we help these people? They are getting killed and getting forced out of there homes. But we don’t live in Darfur and this is not effecting the people that live in the US.

So why should we care?

Anonymous said...

In Darfur, men, women, and even children are dying. They are suffering in greater ways then we can imagine. A genocide is killing off citizens of the Darfur area of Sudan; and the part that aggravates me the most is that they are calling this an innocent name known as a “spiritual cleansing”. The girls in Darfur risk being kidnapped, raped, and/or abused while boys face being captured, abused or even murdered if caught by Janaweed and the militia. These types of cruelties are happening every day. While we fill up our swimming pools for the summer season, people in Darfur have to hunt for water and may not even come back. In the world of luxuries we live in here in the US, it is hard and gut wrenching to imagine innocent people in Darfur dying for no good reason; but the pictures don’t lie. I know that we would never allow events like those happen here in the US, so why let it happen anywhere else? People are people. We are all souls, human beings, and beating hearts. If this genocide goes overlooked, what kind of heart does it show we have? Nothing justifies an innocent person having to die? You have read the articles, heard it from the media, seen in documentaries, on television, and even in some music videos. This news is not to depress you; it is to help you see the reality of what is happening. We can help these people. We can stop this from happening. This is no trend. It is not a situation where everyone is doing it for 3 weeks and then never pays attention to it again. This is about being the voices for those who can’t be heard; the voices of Darfur. Be a voice, let your actions speak louder than words, and help stop the genocide in Darfur.

Jaci from Pennsylvania

Catherine S. said...

Catherine S. from NC in 6th

Daleano said: If I were to sit down and talk to a refugee and tell what were doing in our country to help spread the word that there’s bad things going on in Chad and Darfur and the Janjaweed

I disagree with Daleano because we really are not helping the people in Darfur. We are writing about this in our blogs and talking about this in our classrooms.

But is this really going to reach the government in Darfur, is this really going to save the people there. We are so far away, and the government will not let our army in to Darfur.

So is this going to make a difference?

Anonymous said...

I think Joy has such a great point. I never really thought about that. Of course their not the one to blame, but China has the power to help and their not.
I don't think every thing is being done that can be done. Maybe if the people with power to do things to help knew what was going on,they would take action. To help Darfur we need powerful people.

-Margo,6th grade,Virginia

Anonymous said...

Darfur isn’t peaceful and it hasn’t been since 2003, people are dying everyday so far over 200,000 people are dead and millions forced from their homes. The U.N. has tried to do something about it but China and Russia; Sudan’s allies are standing in its way. We have the global responsibility to save Darfur, whether we’re Sudan’s allies or not, because nobody deserves to be treated that way.

China has not been letting the U.N. do anything about Darfur, but I think that it should be an immediate reaction to help a country in chaos. I believe this because it would stop a lot of wars before they even start, if someone had the idea to revolt against Hitler before World War 2 then it would save a lot of people.

China shouldn’t be defending Sudan because their scared to lose their oil supply, there are people in Darfur that are scared to lose their food supply and these are the people that deserve to be helped.

Eric said...

International Darfur Awareness Day

When I found out that 15,000 people die a month and 200,000 people have fled to refugee camps in neighboring Chad, I was so surprised when I heard about it. If I could visit one pf the camps in Chad and sit down one-on-one with a refugee who is my age I would tell her/him everything that’s happening in Darfur and how a lot of people don’t know about what’s happening to them. I would also tell them that a lot of people are trying to help. My English class in Maryland is selling wrist bands to help the people in Darfur. We need to plea to President Bush to help in this major crisis.

We need to plea to President Bush to help because he’s the only one who has a lot of power and who can help us. This is what’s happening in Darfur: The second civil ended in Jan. 2003 but then the Darfur conflict started in Feb. 2003. The 2007 UN estimate is 400,000 dead and 2.5 million displaced from their homes. They come with helicopters and bomb their homes, then come on horses or trucks and burn everything down or kill the people. The janjaweed are called devils on horsebacks. Majority of the area’s are Muslim. Feb. 2008 is the 5 year anniversary. This is the first “ongoing” genocide. First time the UN security has resolved to have something done and it hasn’t been done. They deny what they do with the helicopter when they destroy homes. A lot of people don’t care about Darfur because they don’t know what it is. They fear another Iraq. Many assume that the “invasion” is what advocacy organizations are supporting. No major Darfur advocacy organization supports an invasion.


In my introduction I said “We need to plea to President Bush to help in this major crisis” and I still support this because he has done nothing to help and we need him to help. To get more information go here

ZigZag said...

It is not a very obvious question, but it is important thing to ask: Why should we care about the people in Darfur?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do care.

But isn’t it important to think about both sides of the story?

Because the people in the U.S.A are probably not going to care about anything except for stuff they need to live like food, water, and the prices on gas.

But if people just took a few minutes to think about how they would feel if a army came and started killing them because their race, or religion they would want someone to help them.

How would you feel if an army came and started killing you and your family because of your race or religion?

Anonymous said...

Joy: Boycott the Olympics

I agree with you in why you want to boycott the Olympics because if the Sudanese government notices that the Olymics won't be held, the Chinese can tell the Sudan they won't but any gas/oil untill they do something about the Genocide.

What do you think we can do to help the people in Darfur?

-Lilian 6th grader, Virginia

brianna p said...

Many voices Darfur

Sara from Nevada wrote: It would be difficult to face the refugee, who is my age, and know that I have no answers to the horror that he or she has to face on a daily basis. Something needs to be done to stop these murders. We all need to come together, to help the people of Darfur.



I agree Sara it’s hard to think how these people In Darfur deal with this on a daily basis it is very sad and difficult how people are being kicked out of there house.



I feel guilty because America can definitely help but they won’t they don’t care about Darfur. They care about the dumb issues in America such who gets the WII video game first , or about what crazy thing Britney Spears did next.


So you think that Americans think about silly things then big issues ?

Brooke B. said...

I agree with Sara also. I don’t think the world isn’t doing enough to help. I wouldn’t know what to say to a refuge either.

In Darfur genocide is going on all around them. Each day more and more people of Darfur are missing their friends and family. THIS ISN’T THE FIRST TIME of genocide. It has happened before in Eastern Europe, and of course during WW2 with Hitler. It’s like nobody is noticing it enough.

World peace seems to never come when we dial 911 and it needs to. Most of the world feels bad for them but not bad enough. Most of them are just seeing the problem at it is and not noticing what it could be if they helped.

Sure we have many problems but at least it isn’t causing death. Our problems such as the presidential voting and Iraq seem not as important.

Could you imagine what it would be like if you lost your family and got driven out of your home? Everybody is saying it would be horrible but we don’t understand. It’s never happened to us.

I keep wondering why this is all still happening still. Does the government realize what they are doing? Do they not care? Genocide MUST STOP!!! Help them!

Always thinking,

Brooke B.

Brian L. said...

I’m Brian L. and my thinking about the genocide is a lot different than I thought it was from the beginning. Genocide is a horrible thing, but something that is even worse is that its in Africa. Africa is a very poor place; they are helpless and look as if there are no others that will help.

If I were to be a leader then I would help this genocide right away because sooner or later, these Darfurians will soon be no more. Why should we care? America is capable of ending this genocide in Darfur right now. Why don’t we help? These two questions are debated over all the time. But the real question is, if we helped, what we America get in return. Nothing.


Signed, Brian L.

Lucy p said...

President Bush-

I hope you know about all the problems in Darfur. Now is not the time to be worrying as much about Iraq. If you disagree, just think about this-


Is genocide less important than war? If you think it is, just imagine Darfur as the United States.

Are people being driven from their homes not important to you? Are people’s villages being destroyed not important to you?

What about people’s lives being messed up and ruined? That doesn’t seem important, does it? Think about the darfurians being Americans. How would that be different for you?

If your kids were separated from you and trying to survive on their own, what would you do?

If your wife had to walk for three Hours straight, would that change your opinion?

Think about your home. Isn’t that something you take for granted? Well, Darfurians sleep on sticks with a tarp as a roof. Does this mean anything to you?


Lucy P

Joy said...

Salma,

What I mean by boycott the Olympics is, we should not support it. Don't even watch it. I mean, punish China for neglecting the Genocide. Don't show them support, unless they show us support. If we can get enough people to Boycott the Olympics, we can truely send a message to the Chinese government.
-Joy, 8th grade, MD

Anonymous said...

I agree with Kate M. because we do have a lot going on in the US but still we have George bush and he can help out by talking with
president Bashir or he can send health care or food money
Matthew,6th grade,Virgina

Anonymous said...

I can not believe what is happening in Darfer.
kevin,6th graders,Virginia

Anonymous said...

Dear Salma,
What she means is that China could be a source of the crises. There for they shouldnt have the power to hold the Olympics.

-Margo,6th grade,Virginia

Alix said...

Hi, my name is Alix and I'm a 8th grader in Maryland.
Our nation needs to focus our money and our support towards helping Darfurians and refugees in Darfur. Each day I wake up in a heated house, in a bed and, I eat breakfast. Every day a darfurian, my age, wakes up in a crammed hut, on the dirt floor and scavenges for their morning breakfast and risks getting hurt or killed my the militias.
This genocide in Darfur has been going on for the last five years. Instead of helping them, we have been spending too much money and too many people have been killed. But, too many more people have been killed in Darfur, compared to Iraq. I think it would be better if we spend our money on a better cause where too many villages have been burned, too many people have been killed and too many people have been left homeless. It’s our global responsibility to help replenish the lives of thousands of people. Even if Darfur is not a neighboring country or, it is not a country we’ve been in a close relationship with, I think we should still do something effective. Not that many other countries are focused on helping, donating and saving lives in Darfur. But why can’t the United States be a country which can be helpful in this time of need? I think the United States definitely could make a difference and I think we should start achieving this goal now.
In conclusion, there’s no point waiting for the Janjaweed to strike again so, the sooner the United States or the UN sends troops the better. I think it’s ridiculous that after five years of innocent people dying and the Sudanese government are lying to everyone and no one realizes that is really going on and the truth behind Darfur. After other cases of genocide, we said nothing would happen again. But, it’s happening right now and it seems like no one realizes it is happening. Yes, it will be a lot of money but, I think every penny is worth it. It’s our responsibility to help these people and any other people who are in need when no one else will help. We need to focus our attention, money and help on remaking life in a once peaceful and safe country.

Anonymous said...

We shouldn't send troops because Darfur isn't more important then Iraq and Darfur isn't americas enemy, but if we send troops to Darfur they might become our enemys

Bigfoot,7th NC

Leah B./ The Writing Lunatic&Tania R./The Belgian Waffle said...

What is happening to our world? We are supposed to be one huge jigsaw puzzle, illustrating one main picture. But there’s always one chunk missing. Is it care? Empathy? Love?

Right now, it’s all three. We, as a community, we, as helpers, and we, as a world should be HELPING those in NEED! Imagine being separated from your family, at whatever age you are, and being expected to survive on your own. Not knowing whether or not the rest of your family is alive, and not knowing whether or not there will be a tomorrow.

Will we ever be able to see the big picture? Will we be able to keep it together long enough to care about the problems of the world? And the main question is: Will we be able to stop our world from falling apart before it’s too late?

Anonymous said...

I think that the U.S. can help the people in Darfur by instead of spending so much money in the war, we can use that money for the supplies needed in Darfur.

Lilian 6th Grade, Virginia

Anonymous said...

Dear Gregor I,
I agree with what you said about how "You have to be extremly rasist to do such a thing". I don't understand how people in Darfur could do such a thing to their own people. Many people in Darfur are dying and people around the world have not noticed how much they need help until now. People need to take action!
The thing U.S has to worry about is if the troops go over there people of Darfur might thing we are siding with Darfur. Or the military of Darfur might try to kill our troops. So, I think it might be hard to try to help Darfur, but we can't just sit here and watch all those people get killed!

-Marta,6th Grade,Virginia

Nathalie said...

Every day thousands are dead, millions forced to leave their homes and too many raped to be counted. What are you doing to help? It is our global responsibility to help put a stop to the genocide in
Darfur. We are here taking things for grated with thinking of the other people that are dying and that would dream to have the things we hate. Since the Sudanese government is not taking responsibility, that leaves us to do something about it. Please help raise awareness to show to the world that we do care and that we’re doing something about it. It started in the early year of 2003,When groups thought that the government was not giving them any money from the oil. so the Sudanese government sent out the Janjaweed to destroy the rebels. By the time that they got there the rebels were gone , so not knowing between the innocent and the rebels they killed everyone. After supporting the Janjaweed and arming them with guns, vehicles, aircrafts and bombs the government denies that they were involved with the Janjaweed or anything that is going on in their own country. now the Janjaweed are just going into villages and killing , burning huts raping girls with out mercy.

Reading about it my be one thing but doing something, anything that will help these people in need will make a big differences. You can start by informing people about the genocide let them know that we can be the solution. Go to save Darfur.com and learn more. You can also go play a game that can show you what it is like to live in a refugee camp. Visit mrmayo.org to see what middle schoolers are doing to help raise awareness about Darfur. You can check out myblog

Anonymous said...

I think that we should help the people in darfur by sending supplies but not by sending solders.

Jordan S. said...

A sudden discussion hit me like a force or a magnet attaching to my thoughts. What really is genocide?

We are always surrounded by murders and robberies and huge, enormous problems with the world. Is that just it though? Is that all? Little kids are threatened like somebody is piercing their heart.
Could that be it too? Could that be genocide? In America, we had the problem with racism, hurting their souls with the mean things the white people would say. Is this genocide too?

We all know that genocide means murdering the innocent bodies and flesh of those people in the world that did nothing wrong. Could the other things like racism, threats and other problems in the world also be genocide? The white people murdered the minds and thoughts of the blacks, threats murdered the souls of people that wanted to change the world, what is up with harming all of these personalities?

You see, it’s all murder. What really is genocide?

-Jordan S.

Anonymous said...

I kinda agree with what Sara said how no one's realy doing anything and since bush is our president we won't realy do anything until clinton or obama gets to become president. But when they do, I got some good ideas for helping Darfur. I think we should build walls. But not ordinary walls!!! These walls should be made of black chrome(chrome is rust resistant)with small hinges (also made of chrome)conected to wall made of black iron so when someone tries to climb either wall they burn their hands off (black stuff and metal absorbs alot of heat and since they're in the desert...)! And since when they fail to climb it they'll prob'ly try to blast it to kingdom come, which is extra cool since chrome is relativly weak it will colapse on them flatening all the militia and janjaweeds trying to invade the towns and camps(just desserts, hee,hee ).

-Alec

Anonymous said...

I totally disagree with A.J
kevin,7th grade,virginia

Anonymous said...

I agree with A.j.We should mind our own buisness or we will start getting attacks too.

Ian, an 8th Grader in MD said...

Most of you know that China is hosting to Olympics this year. You also know that Darfur is a big supplier of oil/gas to China. So the Sudanese Government and the Chinese Government are really close which means they have connections with each other. You think if they were this close the Chinese Government would try to persuade the Sudanese Government to stop the Janjaweed and end the genocide. No that isn’t happening the Chinese Government is just sitting back and watching innocent people get killed and many more displaced from their homes. Now you know what we all need do boycott the Olympics. If they want to just sit back and watch the genocide, then we will just sit back and not watch the Olympics. Steven Spielberg has already joined the act and Mia Farrow actually came up with the name the Genocide Olympics. So come on everybody let’s show China that this is important and give them the least watched Olympics.
Finally, my problem is that should a country like China who seems to not even notice the genocide be able to host the Olympics. This is a worldwide event and the genocide is more than a world wide event. So if China doesn’t care about the Darfurians I don’t care about the Olympics. So everybody join with me and let’s boycott the Genocide Olympics.

Anonymous said...

I think that Sara is right because it is true and their are not that much people that is doing anything for the pepole in Darfur. Their is alot of horrible things that is happening in Darfur. So please HELP the people in Darfur right now. Juan,6th grade, Virginia

Bridget said...

Dear Mr. Al-Bashir,

You are creating another Holocaust. By not attempting to fix the problems in Darfur, and just ignoring the Genocide, you are creating another Holocaust. Why are there so many refugees, if there is no genocide in Sudan? Why are your people fleeing their homes? They flee because if they do not they will either be raped or murdered. There are TWO MILLION refugees and counting, just because of the genocide. Did you know that 3.5 MILLION of your people rely on international aid just to survive? As the leader of this country YOU should be putting a stop to this instead of secretly supporting this.

Bridget, 11th grade, Pennsylvania

scotia said...

Global responsibility, what does that mean? Do we have a global responsibility? In my opinion, global responsibility is something each country should have, to the other countries in the world. I think the world is a lot more connected than it was a few years ago. For example China and the United States, we have an economic partnership that is so strong, neither country could continue on with their current way of life if it was broken. We are joined at the hip, and neither can make a move without the other either approving or stopping it. The bond with China is a big road block in the way of the U.S helping in Darfur. China gets cheap oil because of the conflict and doesn't want the conflict to end, so they block us trying to stop the conflict. That is the bad side to being connected, now for the good. If countries are in trouble, or the quality of life isn't good, then countries will try to help because of their global responsibility to them.
Global responsibility can mean as many things as there are people on this planet. What I mean y global responsibility is being compelled by one's own conscience to improve the quality of life for people that don't have the same opportunities as we do. For example, most people in the United States go to college, and learn. If you're school is being bombed, like in Darfur, you wouldn't have the opportunity to learn, no matter how bright, intelligent or willing you are. We should each be compelled by our own conscience to stop the bombing and give people an opportunity to learn. Part of having a global responsibility is taking care of us and our own country. If countries that have the means to help go bankrupt trying to help lots of people, nobody will be helped. We should only help as much as we can without damaging ourselves. I say this not to be mean, but as a word of caution for going overboard, especially at a national level. If we really help more than we can sustain, then nobody would be helped. What I mean when I say as much as we are able, is having enough money to take care of the basic needs of our own country, I believe that making sacrifices to help other countries is a thing we could do without damage to ourselves.
One place I think we have an enormous global responsibility to is in Sudan, darfur
, Sudan to be more precise. Here people are getting killed and removed from their homes and are so afraid, that doing things they normally do, like cooking, farming, or going to school is impossible. The violence is forcing them to flee the deadly daily exchange of hostility between the government (who deploy the janjaweed) and the rebel groups. The civilians have to go to neighboring Chad or rebel strongholds, where the day to day living is only marginally better. They don't have enough food or water, they don't have medical care. They don't even have security as the violence has been spreading to and over the border with Chad. Oil is what originally started the conflict back in 2003.The rebel groups wanted some of the revenue from the oil. It also should be affecting us by making us want to help. We should try to imagine that this is happening in our own countries, and see what we would do and try to do that.
In conclusion, there is a lot of violence in Darfur. The people there, and in refugee camps in neighboring Chad live in despicable conditions. They don’t have the same opportunities as we do. The world is more connected to each other than it used to be. Because we are so connected we really have no choice but to help when other countries are in trouble.

Aaliyah, an 8th grader in Maryland said...

The people in Darfur are dying everyday and the people in United States are doing nothing about it. People just like us are being killed from starvation and from being murdered. People may say that the united states already have their problems in Iraq, why start more issues in the world? Well the reason is this is for a good cause not saying that being in Iraq is not a good cause it’s just not as important as the issue in Darfur. For example while we are in Iraq killing random people on the streets wearing flip flops and tang tops. The people in Darfur are being killed for no good reason at all. Who does the United States want to be the killer or the super hero? It’s your choice!

The Darfur issue is huge this world but not a lot of people are paying attention to the situation and I really don’t know why. Over 20000 people have died in Darfur because of this genocide. The women are being raped and the men are getting their man hood taken away. The boy children are being killed only because the people killing think that it is ok to do so. Men and women, kids and children are suffering.

In conclusion Darfur is really dying as you the people that have great lives going on right now help someone in need to day. Why let rapes murders and starvation keep going on in Darfur. Think about your situation and then their situation whose is worse who needs more help think about it then take a stand for what you believe in.


-Aaliyah, 8th grade in Maryland

Anonymous said...

kyle from maine

If I was to sit down with a refugee from Chad my age I would talk with him about how my problems with school and other things going on is very minor compared to what people in the Darfur region are going through. While we are here saying "school sucks" they don't even get a chance to go to school, they have to help keep there family's alive. But besides that I wouldn't have much to say, because there isn't. These people have to fight death everyday, trying to stay alive from the janjaweed.

Kyle, 9th Grade, Maine

pete said...

Darfur Blog
Darfur is a county that is suffering with death,violence, and hunger. 3.5 million of Africans and Arabians are hungry. 2.5 million of them due to violence suffer in agony of having home or shelter to live in. 400,000 are dead due to violence or hunger. Imagine yourself in these living conditions. I’m sure if you lived in Darfur you would feel someone should step in and help, but people across the world haven’t helped. Because no one has stepped in to help the country still suffers. Until then Darfur will remain in suffrage.

Rose, 8th grader in Maryland said...

I had never heard about the atrocities happening in Darfur before learning about it in class. I hadn’t known that 15,000 innocent people die a month and that 2.6 billion people in Darfur have been affected by this mayhem. If I had known any of this I would have gotten involved much sooner. Now that I do know, I have participated in call-ins, sent letters and attended a couple City Council meetings.

Learning about Darfur has become an interest of mine and I have really gotten involved with some of my friends. We try to do everything in our power to raise awareness and help people who are right in the middle of all of it. Sometimes I imagine and place myself in a darfurian child’s shoes but honestly I could not bare what they go through everyday. It amazes me that more then 20% of children under five years old are suffering from severe malnutrition and many of them dying each day!

Everyday, I wake up in a warm bed, take a hot shower, and have a healthy breakfast but never stop to think about how lucky I am to be receiving all of these resources. If the majority of the world would take a second out of their full schedules to think about the people in Darfur then I think we could get much more done to stop all of these conflicts. This blog is only the beginning of our collective effort and our global responsibility.
Check out my blog where I have written several post on Darfur.
Rose, 8th Grade, Maryland

Nigel said...

Darfur is a place where people are dying from starving, being homeless and no money. I think that the situation in Darfur is really bad. I think that we should be donating money to Darfur so people wouldn’t go hungry and homeless. I think it is really bad that 2.5 million people died in Darfur and 3.5 million people are homeless.

Gabriella, S. said...

I think that it is sad what’s going on in Darfur. All those people are slowly dying. The men there are being killed. And the women there are being raped. I think everybody needs to help the people in Darfur. Because I don’t think it’s fair we are the only ones trying to help them survive. What do you think, should we help them out or not?

Robb G. said...

I think of the Darfur conflict as a genocide. Nothing provocative about that; just calling something what it is. It is a mass government sponsored killing of black Africans, in favor of the Muslims of Sudan. This is Prejudice. But what is most hypocritical of the entire Sudan genocide situation is that many watch the news, many take notice, but some stand up, and boldly claim "I'm Going to help them!" But the next day, there is nothing to show of it, not even so much as a thought of how. So, while we sit here sipping our mocha cappuccinos and hoping the stains come out of our denim jeans: "My life is way too hard!" think of this. There are too many people in Sudan, being raped, killed, and tortured. All the while the Janjaweed stand there, knowing that since they are denied by the government that they will still be able to go around causing bodily harm to others, in the case of the other collective 400,000+ dead, death. So this makes you think. But please, while you think; send a thought, [with meaning] to those displaced and starved, by that of the organized, irregular militia that be the Janjaweed. Please find it in your time to send food, water, and donations to a Dafuri Refugee Charity. Thanks for listening.

Demerius.P said...

Darfur Blog

I think that we should do something about the people in Darfur. I know I wouldn't want to have myself and my family suffering with nothing to eat or drink. So I don't think we should have them suffering and their families dying. I think they should be treated how we wanted to be treated. No one should have to suffer any more.

Jacob said...

The world of Darfur is coming to an end as everybody sees it. Genocide is the main killer of an upcoming tragedy, genocide is starting the beginning to the end. An irregular militia, like the “Janjaweed”, and the Sudanese Armed Forces are committing genocide to Africans and Arabs, in Darfur. 3.5 million Africans and Arabs are now hungry, 2.5 million people in Darfur are displaced because of the violence from the rebel groups and 400,000 Africans and Arabs have died in Darfur, and what are rebel groups doing? They’re only making it worse by killing everybody. If this was happening in the United States, I wouldn’t be talking, I would be dead right now, because I would die because of rebel groups, starvation, or settling and traveling to another place in the drought of a desert climate. One person can make a difference by throwing in ideas, but everybody with ideas and contributing, or donating clothes, money, or food are really lending a hand to Darfur.

Allyson, an 8th grader in MD said...

Allyson, an 8th grader in MD

If I could sit down with a 13-year-old refugee, especially a girl, I would try to explain everything that the world is trying to do to help them. I would probably start with the bad news but then after that bad statement I'd counter it with good news. I would tell them that the government is losing control of the Janjaweed Janjaweed and the weapons that they are using are being supplied by China. Because China is their biggest militia weapon supplier and biggest buyer of their oil, the government does not want to loose them. They have so much power over the Darfurian government, that the more the United Nation pressures China to do something about the genocide in Darfur, something is going to happen. It might not be all good at first, but it will end well! Then I would tell her/ him that students all over the United States are trying to raise awareness about what is happening to them. I'd tell her about our projects, the website, and most importantly our blog. She/he might not think that people are actually trying to do something, but I'd explain that it's harder than we and they think. Although it's difficult, it is possible, and that's why students are trying to convince their council members or very important people that we should do something. The more people that are involved, at first in our community, we would probably impress other states and more and more people would try to get involved. I mean, these are students that are doing this and they're adults who are not doing anything, maybe we can use the shame game against them. There's only one way to find out!

Zack A. said...

My opinion on the issues in Darfur... well I’m going to be honest, and I know I’m not the only one, I don’t like it. We have more than 6 million people suffering and/or dead by now over some stupid unneeded government issues. And this has been going on for 5 years now! I’m not that surprised that the U.N. hasn’t come up with a solution by now because they didn’t think about it until it got worse. I understand that the U.S. has its own problems now but that shouldn’t matter, other countries should step up and help. I know that they tried having peace talks in Nigeria already but that just shows that we should’ve acted sooner. And of course there are countries that don’t like us too much so that doesn’t help. I believe that this shouldn’t have gone on this long.

Rhiannon, 8th grader in Maryland said...

Today I woke up, had a warm breakfast, drove to school in my car, with warm clothes on my back. These are things we take for granted here in America, but all the people in Darfur have none of these day to day amenities.
This all started in 2003, when a rebel group of farmers realized that they weren’t getting paid enough for their work, and the Sudanese government had more money then they were saying they had. So when the rebels started protesting, and boycotting, the Sudanese government responded by dehumanizing and trying to exterminate the whole Darfur region.
The Genocide in the Darfur region has been going on for 5 years now, and every day people are killed raped and ran out of their villages by the Janjaweed militia. 2.5 million have already been left homeless and starving, while 200,000 have died. The Chinese government has a big vote in the UN congress and they have been voting against helping Darfur, because Sudan supplies them with oil, and China supplies them with weapons, and military supplies. People have started talking about boycotting the Olympics (which are held in China this year).
In conclusion, Darfur needs us to help, and the International community has a global responsibility to take action.
What can you do to help? a number of things.
1. Sign the Demand International Action petition
2. Sign the Divestment Campaign petition
3. Find a local save Darfur group
4. Donate money
5. Wear a wristband

-Rhiannon, 8th grader in Maryland

Jonah b. said...

I think that we should help Darfur. We should help by giving the people in Darfur food, water, clothes, or money to buy things. We should try to keep peace in Darfur with the people that are killing them.

Anonymous said...

If I were able to go to Chad and sit down with a refugee around my age that has fled their country I would tell them about this project that so many people all over the United States are trying to get this issue noticed so something can be done about it. The refugee would probably be confused and I would say that not a lot is being done but that there are people out there doing all that they can to help all of them out. It would be heart straining to look the refugee in the eye as they are hearing that the genocide is just being shoved aside right now, and I know that saying this may not be the best thing,but I would not be able to lie about it because that would just make them feel worse if they learned the truth. I also would tell them that help is on the way and give them a sense of hope and faith.
Taylor, 9th Grade, Maine

Anonymous said...

Sitting down with a child refugee from Chad, would be most likely a good experience. Letting the child know that many classes in the U.S. are acknowledging their Genocidal problem. When this would be told to a child it would give them hope of the USA giving aid to them. When the constant pushing of the non-government people into Chad, it would be hard on a child and any good news would be worth a lot to that child. If countries like the US, and the UN went and helped then there would be progress and there would be an end to the Genocide in Darfur

Anonymous said...

kyle from maine

If I was to sit down with a refugee from Chad my age I would talk with him about how my problems with school and other things going on is very minor compared to what people in the Darfur region are going through. While we are here saying "school sucks" they don't even get a chance to go to school, they have to help keep there family's alive. But besides that I wouldn't have much to say, because there isn't. These people have to fight death everyday, trying to stay alive from the janjaweed.

Kyle, 9th Grade, Maine

Anonymous said...

If I were to sit down with a refugee my age from Chad, I would say that I don't think enough effort is coming through. I don't think enough people know about what is going on so they won't do anything, and the people who do know don't care enough to do anything. I wouldn't really know what else to say because I would just feel so bad for all of the refugees and think how fortunate that almost everyone else around the world is compared to these refugees. I think that something does need to be done and more people need to be aware. If we all pitched in and made more people aware of what is going on, maybe everyone can help stop what is going on.

Kristina, 9th Grade, Maine

Kaitlyn P said...

Have you ever thought that your life was the worst? Compared to peoples lives in Darfur our lives are practically a utopia. It started when the rebels said that the government was oppressing black Africans in favor of Arabs, then a rebel group began to attack government targets saying that the region was being neglected. There are two main rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army(SLA) and the Justice and Equality movement(JEM). There are now more than a dozen rebel groups and most will go to talks in Libya. The government admits to attacking rebels but denies any connection to the Janjaweed. Some refugees say that the Janjaweed follows the air attacks by the government and come into villages slaughtering men and raping women. By now 2.5million people have been displaced, 3.5million are now hungry and 400,000 are dead. There are african unions helping but there are not enough people and not enough money to get supplies. They say that it will only end when a deal has been agreed by all sides. While people work on that I think we should help by sending food, water, medicine and learning more about it.

Anonymous said...

If we were to sit with another refugee my age, then I would tell them that it would be ok. The kids that are in Chad right now are very scared. You don't want them to be any more scared than they all ready are. At he same time I don't want to lie to them if I can't help them. I think if something was being done than we wouldn't have this problem. I do think more needs to be done to help the kids and adults that live in Chad. So if the government comes together than I think we can make a difference. They really need our help or many more people are going to die.

Anna, 9th grade, Maine

Anonymous said...

James From Maine
If I were to sit down with a refugee in Chad that got away from the Janjaweed and whoever else attacked them and destroyed their village I would ask them how it felt and say that even though you don't think that a lot of people care they do and most of them are trying to stop what is happening in Darfur.

Anonymous said...

Dan T. from Maine,
If I were to sit down with a refugee in Chad I would tell them to stay strong and hopefuly other countries will think about how bad this situation really is. The Janjaweed is killing, raping, and stealing things from the Darfurians. This is a modern day holocaust and it should stop. But the only way it could stop is if the world comes together and helps... Just like the holocaust back in the day. I would tell the refugee that this WILL stop and not to worry about anything.
Dan T. from Maine
9th Grade

Anonymous said...

kristina from maine.

If I were to sit down with a refugee from chad, I would tell them that not many people are aware of what is going on. I am sure there are people who don't really care too, but I wouldn't want to be the one to mention that. I don't think the United States is giving their 100% effort in helping Darfur. The Janjaweed is killing, raping, and stealing. I would tell them to keep their heads up high and hope that other countries will pitch in to help. This is happening everyday and it shouldn't. I hope for the best for them.

kristina
maine
9th grade

Anonymous said...

If I were to visit a camp in Chad and actually get to sit down with a refugee who is my own age I would explain what others and myself are doing to spread awareness which would be that teachers are making it aware that Chad is suffering from Darfur and Sudan’s genocide. Plus there are multiple websites that are giving out a whole bunch of information on what is going on in Chad. I don’t think that the U.S. can really make a difference that Chad, Sudan and Darfur need to establish their own territory. Their governments need to stop committing genocide. They need to just make peace.

Anonymous said...

If I was to go and visit Chad, I'm not sure what I would say to a refugee the same age as me, to start I would be truthful and say that not much is being done to stop the conflict. I think that at the moment not many people are being very evolved in the conflict, because most of them do not care so much unless it directly affects their own agendas. I do not find that the U.S is trying hard enough to fix this problem if they were, then blogs like this wouldn't be needed to explain how bad it is. If people would do more and care more for the well being of these people then this conflict would have been silenced or subdued a long time ago. I also think that since a lot of major organizations and people in general don't understand or don't know about the conflict it does not help solve it. If I were to sit down with a child my own age in a Chad camp I would tell them that, I would start spreading the word to people to get more people evolved in solving this problem.

Thank you for listening,

Tim from Maine

Danny said...

The problem in Dafur is an atrocity it is one of the worst things i have heard of in all my years. Four million people have been booted out of their home and forced to wonder and live in these encampments. Sure were having peace talks to try to reduce the problem what we need to do is take action and seater and food. This conflict is causing people to take up arms and launch attacks on the government which is producing more deaths.

Canyon D said...

Austin K Said,

"Do you think that if we don’t do anything that all the Black Africans will die?"

I have a question about that comment. Is "we" the United States? Or is it the whole world?

That leads to another question. Is it just the United States job to end this genocide?

I think the whole world should be helping with this matter.

Should the United States be the doctor for the world? Should we ask help from other countries?

Signed,
Canyon D

Zavier D said...

People in Darfur are not being treated right. Women are being used for sex slaves. They are in need of food, water and medicine. They are need of shelter because their villages are being destroyed. They need protection because men are being killed and women are being raped. We need to help them by sending troops over. People need to send over food, water, and clothes to help them.

Ben Simon said...

Good news arrives every day for the campaign to divestment Montgomery County from Sudan. Last week, we formally won the support of Takoma Park on Monday, had a successful student lobby day on Wednesday, and effectively voiced the concerns of Downtown Silver Spring passersby on Friday. This Tuesday March 4th, we had students from all over the county filling the seats and lining the back wall of the Council hearing room at our bill’s public hearing. All four testimonies in favor of divestment were exceptionally eloquent and the one odd testimony against it seemed unrehearsed, and was riddled with obvious gaps in logic. Bill 3-08 looks like it will pass sooner than expected, and if all goes well it will see a vote as early as March 18th. Like I said, good news.

Our success has been in no small part derived from the students at schools who readily planned events to rally support for the cause. I especially commend the students of Mr. Mayo’s classes who, in writing letters, lobbying with us, getting citizens to call, and attending the public hearing, added the rare and indispensable element of having middle school involvement—an element which council members did not easily overlook. Each and every one of you lent credence to the fact that youth is no barrier to making positive change in the world around us.

As adolescents we are commonly deemed the leaders of tomorrow. Together, though, we have proven ourselves to be leaders today.

ZackOtarioCanada said...

Dear Omar al-Bashir

I don't like what you are doing to all those people. So many people have died.If you say you are going to stop the janjaweed army, why don't you? You are just saying you are going to but you don't.

jack, ontario Canada said...

Dear Omar al-Barshire

Why are you doing this. What is the point of killing so many people. I know that you say that you are trying to stop the jajaweed but you were the one that started it. You are just greedy, you have so much land already so you try to take more from helpless people.
Just please stop what you are doing, there is no point.
Sencerly Jack

Daniel,Dundas Ontario Canada said...

Dear Stephen Harper,
I think if you just sit down with some Darfurs you truthful will feel sorry for them.Harper if you just help one thing and try to make peace and if you think in Darfur theres no jobs really so can't really get food,water and shelter.I think Canada should help the Darfur.Did you know that 3.5 MILLION of your people rely on international aid just to survive? Help the Durfur!!!!

Drama Queen said...

Mr. Mayo and folk, you said: “Write an open letter to leaders in your country to make a case for government support of international efforts in Darfur.”

George Bush and maybe even the future President of America:

Please, hear the cries of pain of these poor, innocent civilians living in Darfur. Watch them and their struggles to survive, but not from afar. Step up and do your part, because you are not the only human who deserves to live a good life in this world. The people in Darfur all deserve the same wonderful life we have here.

What if your own country was under this terrible genocide? Wouldn’t you step up and do your part then? America strives to be nonracial in the country itself, but shouldn’t we help the world with that too?

Imagine, thousands dead, millions sent away from their rightful homes. War, pain, suffering, and death are what the people of the Darfur region are constantly looking at everywhere they are.

You might say: “Well, what should we do? Their government does not let anyone else in, and we cannot have our soldiers fight two wars at once! Anyways, why should we have this war, the government might think we are meddling and America might make a new powerful enemy.”

The answer to that is the same as it was in the genocide that happened against Jews in the World War II. The same reason we are trying to bring democracy to the people of Iraq. The answer is simple: It’s not right, and it’s not fair. People are dying from the governments. People are being sent away. Nobody is making a big step to help.

Let’s step up and HELP.

Drama Queen

mental m said...

jonah b. said:I think that we should help Darfur. We should help by giving the people in Darfur food, water, clothes, or money to buy things.

I agree with you but it's not always our job to be a role model to everyone. Why should we give everybody stuff and respect to Darfur if no one else does. I mean because it's not our job to take care of the earth. Because eventually other countries will help out to and will become allies with them.

Why do we always have to take care of the earth insted of anyone else.

John said...

Dear Omar - al Bashir

Dying, being displaced, and a genocide! You can stop this.We are trying to stop this. It's your turn. We Americans have many different cultures. We are not killing each other. How would you feel if your brother, sister, dad, or mom died? I would be sad. Think what will happen if this genocide stops. There will be peace, love, and caring. I suggest you make groups and each group can have a leader. They can all talk it out. Think about why have you done this. Steven Spielberg stopped working for the Olympics because China is buying oil from you. Please stop this malicious activity.

Please,

John
3rd grade Florida

savan g said...

dakota_larson said Don't you think that it would be hard for you to sit down and talk to someone who is a refugee from somewhere, and talk about all the horrors they have gone through?


I think it would be pretty difficult because you really wouldn’t know what to start out with, because if you say how do you feel about this genocide then pretty much all they will say is that they are sad.

You wont get much information from that and plus most people say oh I will do this and this when they don’t really do it because they were to scared or they were just trying to be cool and popular.

Example: oh yah I will talk to one of the people living in Darfur and ask how they feel when I don’t really do it. So I don’t think much people will go to the people in Darfur and ask them, maybe an interviewer or a publisher would do it but I don’t know if we have the guts to really go ask the president or the people of how they feel.

What do you think do you think you would have the guts to ask the president or the people how they feel?

Ross,Ontario,Canada said...

Dear Omar al-Bashir,
I think that it is horrible that you made the janjaweed army. Many people are being killed and you are acting like there is absolutely nothing wrong. You need to do something to stop the deaths. There have been 500,000 deaths and 2.5 million people have had to leave their homes and you are saying that nothing is wrong. If you have control of them then why don't you stop the army? There should be peace in Sudan not war. You should especially be doing something to stop them because you are the president. There is no reason why all these people are dying. When I found out about what was happening in Darfur I almost cried. Something needs to be done. Everyone needs to help. You need to do something before all the black Africans are dead. Personally i think this is complete racism. The army needs to be stopped.

Primus The Pragmatic said...

Julia said that asking a child from Chad would be huge. You could ask him how he feels and how he lives now because of genocide. I think I would ask him so many questions it would take all day!

Julia I totally disagree, I think I agree with Sarah I wouldn’t know what to say I would be too embarrassed. Embarrassed of what? I’m embarrassed that America hasn’t done anything to help.

Our government says it sends money over to help in Africa, and that’s probably true...One tincey wincey problem, all the governments are corrupt and they steal the money and food we send.

Well that’s easy to fix. Right? Just send people with it and make sure it gets there. But nope that would be "too expensive" that statement alone makes me feel like our government is corrupt or just VERY cheap.

Do you think you would be too embarrassed to say anything?

Signed,
Primus The Pragmatic

Connor S. said...

Connor From North Carolina Said:

I don’t really agree with you Sara because why do people always come to the United States for help. Why are we always the ones that have to help all of the suffering people? It is becoming like our job our something. We have to spend millions and millions of dollars for other countries that are across the world.

But still this is a horrific battle in Darfur. If the government would have just treated the people better they would not have attacked the government and the government wouldn’t be bombing villager’s .Maybe we should help. So should we help our not? What’s your opinion?

Connor S. Grade 6

Nial from Virginia said...

Dear President Bush,
Try to imagine the fear of having being killed at any second? Horrifying isn’t it? There are millions of people in Darfur that have to have that fear every second of their lives. You are the leader of the most powerful country in the world, so what are you doing to help the people of Darfur? I’m not talking about non-profit groups that can barely help those people, I’m talking about you. Every single person has a responsibility not to only help themselves but to help others. You have to be the role model for the USA. You should be one of the biggest contributors in helping those innocent people.
Remember those poor, innocent, little children. Being starved to death.
Your citizen
Nial 8th grade, Virginia

The Blooper said...

Anna B. said:
I wonder if we can find a way to make a difference if more people would join?

I think it would make a difference if more people join because some of those people might write to the UN or the EU or even the president of the United States! Eventually one of them might give in and try to help Darfur with all the genocide they’re having.

Another way it would help is if those people start speaking out more against the janjaweed. Also if we post stuff on the internet then maybe some of the janjaweed will stop killing all those Darfurians. In my opinion I think that the janjaweed should stop all this rotten genocide.

What about you? Do you think it would help stop the genocide if more people would join to fight aginst the janjaweed? Leave a comment and share your thinking.

Signed,
The Blooper

ben/ontario/canada said...

Dear Stephen Harper

Why aren't you doing anything. We're living large in Canada And In Darfur janjaweeds are killing and raping and stealing valuables from these people. I think you should deploy peacekeepers in Darfur . I think these people deserve better. Please stop the janjaweeds and restore peace in Dafur.

Sincerly; Ben

The Modern Typewriter said...

Austin K. wrote: “The Joker asked if the Genocide isn’t in our country then why we should care about it? I think that even if it’s not in country that we should still help because then all the Black Africans in Darfur will die.”

I am in a mixed position about which side I should take. I mean, yeah, I feel terrible about what is happening in Darfur, and I think we should help, but I mean if America were to have Genocide tomorrow, would Sudan come to help us out?

I don’t think that Sudan would come to help us because even if they experienced a genocide (which is happening now!), do they really care about another race in a whole other country?

I agree with Kate M. I think that other countries are too busy to help with other countries they don’t even associate with. The USA is currently is Iraq fighting. I would consider that busy, wouldn’t you?

And lastly why is it always the USA’s responsibility to care for other countries? I don’t think that it is right that the USA is always ending up paying for something or giving something to other countries that haven’t done something for them in return. It is like Latvia and Lithuania get in a fight and they just rely on America to break them up. You got yourself into that fight, get yourself out!

~The Modern Typewriter~

Rayanne said...

Dear Omar al-Bashir,
I think that what is happing to the people of Darfur is crule. I think it is also racisome. The people of the Janjaweed army should be stopped as soon as possible. The village of Chad should let the Janjaweed into there area, before they all starve and die. The the government of the Darfur does not seem to be stopping the Janjaweed. in the first place why did you send out the Janjaweed to kill the people of Darfur? Why would you want to put your own contry at risk of extinction.
Rayanne

Brian b said...

Robb g. wrote,

But what is most hypocritical of the entire Sudan genocide situation is that many watch the news, many take notice, but some stand up, and boldly claim "I'm Going to help them!"

Hey Rob I think it is interesting that nobody is doing anything to stop this genocide but Is standing up to a militia like the Janjaweed really as you think it is? It’s easier said then done.


Do you really agree that just one or two people can stand up to this powerful movement? I don’t. If we really want to end this genocide than other countries have to step in and stop this mass chaos in Africa.

And it isn’t going to happen easily either!


Wouldn’t you want someone to answer your cries if you were being killed of by the Janjaweed? Then help stop this act and leave a comment.

Sean B. said...

Blake Norris said “How would you feel if your home was being torn apart every single day and your friends and loved ones that you have known for so long could be dead just like that one shot”.

I really like this quote Blake said because it made me think, if my house was being torn apart every single day and I lost my friends and family I would be really terrified and upset.

So hears my question, how can you help to stop this genocide (send food or raise awareness), and how would you feel if you were a Black African farmer living in Darfur?

Signed Sean B. from North Carolina

Vincent Ontario,Canada said...

Dear Stephen Harper,
Mr.Stephen Harper I think that there is not enough being done for the women and children who are gtting looted and killed and sexually confronted against their will. I think the canadian government should help out these people who are being driven out of their homes and towns because of the Janjaweed.

Yours Truly
Vincent

Brian L. said...

Demerius.P said...

I think that we should do something about the people in Darfur.

Well not to sound like a bad person but I really think that we need to worry more about things that are going on in the USA.

Like people are watching the debates for president and I think the leader of are county is a little more important than worrying about the people in Darfur.

Another thing that we need to worry about in the USA is the bombing that happened yesterday. Don’t you think that we need to worry about that and try to find out who did that?

Do you think that we need to pay more attention to what is going on in the USA?

Nathanael,Ontario,Canada said...

Dear Mr. Omar al-bashir

I think that you should do alot more to help Sudan.The refugees are having to live under trees and straw tents. I think you should do alot more people are leaving the country because it is so bad. maybe you could talk to the people and figure out a way to comprimise. your are ignoring the whole problemyou should face the problem face to face. more and more of people are dieing everyday.So I hope you do more to help sicerely,
Nathanael

Boyce Ontario,Canada said...

Question #2: Dear Olmar al-Bashir.
My case for Darfur is you need to feed and give better protection to the people of Darfur. They sould have soldiers guarding the tents and houses so the janjaweed dont come and burn the houses down at night like is happening now! If you dont start paying more attention, more and more, of the population of Darfur is going to be wiped out,And have soldiers stop the Janjaweed tribe from coming to Darfur and killing the people of Darfur!

By:Boyce
Ontario,Canada

Tree Hugger said...

An anonymous ready said,

You need to do something about your country. People are dying.

Well, I recently found out that not only people are dying, but also INDANGERD animals are being killed for profit. Elephants are dying just for there ivory tusks. This is not right. But, the thing that caught my eye the most was, they are being killed for money, to murder.


Darfur people have to see not only see there loved ones die, but also there beautiful animals. When animals die, you are basically killing yourself. Animals help our planet survive, and tie that in with genocide, you get double murder.

So tell me, what’s worse, killing off our animals and food sources, or killing of people?


As a Tree Hugger I care,
Tree Hugger

Jaslin said...

If I could visit the camps in Chad and sit down with one of the refugee my age and tell him/her what others are doing my our country to spread awareness, I would honestly have no words to say. The truth is that not many people know about what’s happening in Chad. Matter of fact I just found out myself this morning in my civics class. I personally could not say anything to the refugee. The only thing I could say is don’t lose hope and have faith in God.

Jaslin, 8th grade, Virgina

Steve H. said...

Johny K. said," I think that even if it’s not in our country that we should still help because then all the Black Africans in Darfur will die."

I agree, it is sad when ANYONE is killed. But is that what America is known for? Caring for other people; no matter when, where, or how. Is that a good thing? I think it is, but it puts a lot of responsibility on America.

If there is a place of poverty, what country has to take care of it? Not the Brits, the U.S.! If there is genocide taking place, once again, us the U.S.! Why should we care? Should we limit what we do to take care of other countries? Why not try to get more people around the world to realize it?

Because this class of brilliant students could! So could the Blurb! Comment back… THE WICKED AWESOME MONKEY DUDE!!!

Sonum T. said...

The Darfur strand is really starting to build up and it really starting to challenge my thinking. Sara said that if people were pitching in to end this genocide then this strand and conversation wouldn’t be happening.

I disagree with that because when there are major events like the war in Iraq and the killing of massive number of people there are always conversations about the how people feel and if were solving the problems in the right way.

For example, people are against and some people side with George Bush and his actions toward the war in Iraq. We are still trying to solve it but that doesn’t mean that there is not going to be and opinions and conversations. WE just cant assume that “oh you know what the US is trying to solve the problem in Iraq which means everything must be fine and it will end soon”.

“Cinderella and the prince lived happily ever after.” Genocide doesn’t end that way. If we get this genocide to stop, imagine all the effects and how the country appearance with their dead people and the burnt down buildings.

Doesn’t everybody feel that “Genocide” never should have appeared in the dictionary? We should solve all this nonsense and the killing of the people and animals. Stop! Stop! There is more to it than that.

Compare it to the thought of friendship. If we help Darfur then they would help us because we would be allies. When we help other countries then we are in good hands when we get in trouble because we have many people that could help us.

The more friends that I have the better hands. When you have friends you have more protection from bullies. Just like allies provide protection for each other.

How would it feel if you were president of another country and had the choice to help Darfur? Would you do it or would you lay back and not stick your head in the conflict?

Hotdog Bob said...

I agree with Brian L and think that genocide is horrible thing. But should we really care? It’s not as if that’s us over there being killed. But could it be that we don’t care because we have never had it happen to us. I’d bet if genocide had happened in the US we would be rushing over and punishing the Janjweed and helping the black Africans. Also we would try to help to pull them out of poverty. Would people care right now if we were in genocide? I mean we haven’t helped them much at all so why should the other people that we didn’t help, help us?

It’s amazing how much crime and death is going on in the war and yet we don’t help them we just leave the Africans to die. As I said before though, why should we care? I mean what have they ever done for us or will do for us? Africa is such a poor nation they couldn’t really help us in any way.

Alex F said...

An open letter to Omar Al-Bashir…

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Dear Omar,

Do you really know what you’re doing? Do you realize that you’ve been killing 200,000 - 400,000 Africans simply because of their race? Well, personally I think you are an idiot for making that decision. It’s not fair to anyone to kill anybody over their race. Think if you were in that position. Would you want out of it? If you would, then please stop the killing in Darfur. They never deserved this genocide.

But seriously, you should think if it happened to you. You’re walking through town looking for food, water, or shelter. Suddenly, you turn around to see a car pull up. Men with weapons jump out and hurt or kill you. I really don’t think that would be very enjoyable.

So you should really think this through before you make any more very important decisions. You should probably ask for someone’s opinion before you raid their town and kill them for no reason.

Thanks for reading and I hope you make the right decision!

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Alex F
North Carolina

Amanda said...

Dear Omar al-Bashir,
I do not think it is right to be going around killing people for no reason. It is not fair to the mothers and all the other people when they are dieing.And you should not kill people because you want your own way all the time it is really wrong. I can not believe what you are doing to these pore people. If people keep on killing people there will be no one living in Darfur. That is a sign to stop killing people!!!
~Amanda

Jake, Ont. Canada said...

Dear Stephen Harper, Whats happening in darfur is wrong. More people have died then in Darfur then Afganastan. The Sudan government isnt doing anything to help. It is pretty much a repeat of the civil war. The janjaweed army is nothing compared to ours, they have no traning, we have plenty.

A person is a person no matter how different they are.
STOP THE MADDNESS! HELP DARFUR!
~Jake

amanda,dundas,ontario,canada said...

dear Omar al-bashir

If you think people should die when they did nothing, all they did do was live their lives then you are a very cruel man.

Anonymous said...

I think we need to do something about Darfur. There are many who are suffering from starvation and dehydration. There are also many families in refugee camps. Many families are killed everyday and others are forced to flee their homes. Something needs to be done.

Jeremy,6th grade

Anonymous said...

I absolutely agree with Sara. None of us in this country know what it's like to be in that kind of situation,rich or poor. We all have it better than we think. That is why people from America should go to Darfur and help the refugees,
and also get to understand what they go through every single day.

Aria,6th grade,VA

hillary from maine said...

Dear “esteemed” leaders of the land we call home,

I wish to bring upon an idea of the greatest possible value and one where action needs to be taken immediately. I am talking about Darfur.
No. Before you even start to say “we’ve been helping out in Darfur” or “we’re doing all we can” the answer is no. You are NOT doing all you can to help Darfur. Had you been doing everything possible their wouldn’t be mass “graves” from Janjaweed attacks. Had you been doing everything possible their wouldn’t be militiamen and rebels attacking innocent citizens because they are mad at the government officials.
In truth, I myself believe for our sake the government, such as yourselves, hides some of the horrors actually happening in Darfur, from us, your countries citizens. We, who wake up every morning with everything, complaining that we have nothing, while they, in Darfur, wake up every morning in constant fear, because that is their life. They know they are lucky to be alive, because any day they could be killed in a Janjaweed attack, or be raped in attempt to breed a lighter skinned race, even contract AIDS like much of the people in Africa do. It isn’t their fault, They do nothing wrong, but we do.
We, sit at home on our comfy sofa’s in front of our big screen TV’s, which are never big enough, and say how sad it is for the people in Africa and how we should really do something to help. Very few of those people actually get off of the couch and do something about it.
I beg of you, if you continue to run the world the way you do, than this poor race will be wiped out, and we will still be here. Sitting at home. Being “bored”. Saying there is nothing to do. We are wrong. When we do nothing to help, we are the ones to blame.

Yours Truly,

An Americanized Teen Extremist

Keiran, Ontario, Canada said...

Dear, Omar al-Basir
I really don't think that you are trying to stop the Janjaweed. After all, you started this problem, what were you trying to do? If you thought you were right doing what you did, you are are as wrong as Hitler. The Arabs should be treated the same as other Africans. Your "army" is doing nothing good, they are killing men, destroying villages and raping women. You say that you are trying to help, maybe you should help.


Keiran

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with Sara from Nevada.I don't think it is right for the people to suffer.If the president would do somthing about it, the people in Dafur wont have to suffer that munch. The president did put out a peace order but the people in Darfur didnt care. I think they were thinking that if they killed sombody the president wont be rushing over there so arest them then come all the way back to America, well they thought right.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Alisha. The US is lucky to be so fortunate and should use their fortune to help Darfur. While the US lives on thousands of dollars and uses millions of dollars just to make a movie or other productions. It seems like they don't care. The US should stop making movies or Tv shows for a while and donate their budget or profits to help Darfur. Darfur's president is not doing all he can do to help his own country. People are using their weapons to kill others and he is not doing anything to help. There are many innocent victims of violence yet they pay with a punishment although they've been punished enough.

-Irene, 6th grade, Virginia

Anonymous said...

Yo Ben from Maine, I totally agree with you. That lazy president has to get up and STOP THE MADNESS!!!! And if he does not get up we will lose power because if his councry dies in a not a sea but an OCEAN fire, bullets, and death he will not have a country to rule!!!!!!!!
Also its Bushes fault because he is not sending much if anything to Daufur so he MUST send emergency aid or Darfur Will die!!!!!
Chris,6th grade VA

Andrea A. said...

Lucy P. said that if she were to visit a camp in Chad, that she would be terrified because of the Janjaweed soldiers. I personally agree with Lucy because I always wonder what would happen if I were to stand up to someone as powerful as the Janjaweed. Would I be put under punishment for trying to help someone in need?

Now that I see what these people are going through, I think about how in America everyone gets what they want whenever they want it. In Darfur, people get what they can when they can. See the difference? This made me wonder….. Should we use some of our spare time to help the people in poverty? Will helping the people in need pay off some day?

I think that it is worth it because if you do someone a favor, they will pay you back by doing you a favor. Imagine you living in poverty. Would you want someone to help you? I most likely would.

If I were living in poverty, I would really appreciate it if someone gave me at least a blanket to stay warm at night. If you’ve noticed, people in America haven’t even given up a few minutes of their time to go drop of some clothes or food for the poor. Do you think that’s fair to the people in Darfur or other poor countries?

Take some time to think about it……….
Have I changed your mind about HELPING?

larkyn.r said...

Gregor I said that you must have to be extremely racist to start a genocide. Maybe the people like Hitler only start genocides at first because they are just mad at something one person of that race did. They might start to think that the person’s race is like that person and start to kill them all.

I wonder how people live like that… it must be complete terror to no some one is always chasing you in a genocide. They don’t even no you and they want you gone. Forever. If you where a black African in Darfur how would you feel about people despising you, hating you, trying to kill you?

Larkyn .r 6th grade nc

Pebbles, a Blurber said...

I wonder why, out of all the charities in the world, why should I care about Darfur, and all the horrible things that happen to young girls just like me and their families.

And I know the answer: because if you were living in a refugee camp, starving, needing medical attention, and scared you would plead others to help you, now wouldn’t you? Since we are fortunate enough to be able to live in healthy countries such as America or Western Europe, we should do everything we can to help.

But let’s face it: caring about refugees in Darfur isn’t exactly on top of my agenda. With all the regular problems in my life and what I care about, such as school and friends and sports, and all the other charities on the world, you don’t really feel the pain and suffering of the black African population, half a planet away.

So think: think how fortunate you are, and how many things you have you don’t really need. Look at your big house with pictures of happy memories, and then see your house through a black African’s eyes. When they look at their house they see a small heap of rubble, courtesy of the Janjaweed.

This is along the lines of the typical thinking of a typical kid.

Spread the awareness, and let people know about the genocide in Darfur. Let people know about all of the starving kids and families and all of the murdered people and all of the black Africans that are living in refugee camps. And all the other comments that kids are leaving on this blog are unbelievable, because so many people care about this project. And so do I.

Hayley R said...

Kate M. said if you were a victim how would you feel about the fact that genocide never worked but people in country are still doing it?

I think that a victim would be very upset and very angry because imagine watching people in front of your house being beaten and killed or taken to refugee camps. I think it would be very painful for them. Knowing exactly how they feel because they have gone through the same torture and pain.

But I have a question for you Kate, how do you think the janjaweed feel doing these things to the poor black Africans? I mean why do you think they are doing this? Do you think that maybe the government is forcing them to do this? Or do you think they are doing it because they dislike the black Africans? Or maybe just because it’s there hobby? But it’s hard to think that a human being would be willing to do this heartbreaking thing to millions of people.

I think that genocide will never work and it is a very cruel thing to be doing to people. I mean think about, what is genocide really helping? NOTHING!! It is just killing off the black African human race! The janjaweed need to think about what they are doing and is it really worth it all?

I have another question what do you think the janjaweed soldiers would do if there family was attacked or killed in the camps? How would you feel if you’re relatives were put through this pain? Would you stop your cruel being and pled for mercy?

Hayley R

Anonymous said...

I am bringing up a very disturbing problem in Darfur. I think that to stop the genocide we should allow peace keeping forces into Sudan. In our country there was segregation of a certain race based on skin color, in the 1950’s. When that race was strong and didn’t use violence they won. They won with the help of a few people. If we allowed the peace keeping forces in they would be those few helpers and the natives would win. I really think that this will help stop the genocide.

Emily P. said...

Dakota from Maine said: “Don't you think that it would be hard for you to sit down and talk to someone who is a refugee from somewhere, and talk about all the horrors they have gone through?”

Interesting question, Dakota. But my argument to you is this: do we really have to talk about the horrors the people of Darfur have gone through? Instead of dwelling on the past, why not talk about how to persuade the rest of the world to help, and how to change what is happening in Darfur?

The people of Darfur need help, that part is clear. What we should try to do is figure out how to help them. Could the US send in its army? Could the world send in money for the needy country? What can we do to stop what is happening in Darfur?

It’s something to consider, don’t you think?

Hayley R said...

Kate M. said if you were a victim how would you feel about the fact that genocide never worked but people in country are still doing it?

I think that a victim would be very upset and very angry because imagine watching people in front of your house being beaten and killed or taken to refugee camps. I think it would be very painful for them. Knowing exactly how they feel because they have gone through the same torture and pain.

But I have a question for you Kate, how do you think the janjaweed feel doing these things to the poor black Africans? I mean why do you think they are doing this? Do you think that maybe the government is forcing them to do this? Or do you think they are doing it because they dislike the black Africans? Or maybe just because it’s there hobby? But it’s hard to think that a human being would be willing to do this heartbreaking thing to millions of people.

I think that genocide will never work and it is a very cruel thing to be doing to people. I mean think about, what is genocide really helping? NOTHING!! It is just killing off the black African human race! The janjaweed need to think about what they are doing and is it really worth it all?

I have another question what do you think the janjaweed soldiers would do if there family was attacked or killed in the camps? How would you feel if you’re relatives were put through this pain? Would you stop your cruel being and pled for mercy?

Hayley R

mariam said...

One thing I have learned about The Janjaweed militia is that they not only are causing problems with the genocide in Darfur and killing many people of different ethnic groups but, that they are also killing many elephants which are an endangered species in the wild. The reason they are doing this is to raise money for their militia and kill more people and do the bad things they’ve been doing. They are specifically selling the tusks of elephant which are made out of a valuable material called ivory and can be used for many things. Ivory can make the militia money fast 1.5 tons of ivory can be worth as much as 1.3 million dollars. Even though it is quick cash it is illegal but, many people including the Janjaweed are willing to do it even though it is illegal and the elephant population in the wild is dropping and the elephant species is vanishing.


I think that this is another problem that we should really worry about and do something to stop it. It’s not only bad that they are killing innocent people because if their race, but it is also bad that they are killing an already dieing species I think that we should focus on both these problems with the Janjaweed if no one dose anything about it soon enough we wont have any people of a different race in Darfur and no elephants. Do you think that we should focus more and care more about the genocide or the dieing elephants?

Anonymous said...

Darfur Project

There are terrible things happening in Darfur. The Janjaweed are burning down villages and judging people by there color and religion. I really want to help and I will tell you how. I think we should send in troops from different militaries. Once they are in they can disarm and capture the janjaweed. After that schools from around the world can hold big fund raisers. The money from those can be sent to Darfur and used to help repair villages and give food and medicine to the survivors. That is how I want to help Darfur.




By
Sam Mari

Pebbles, a Blurber said...

I wonder why, out of all the charities in the world, why should I care about Darfur, and all the horrible things that happen to young girls just like me and their families.

And I know the answer: because if you were living in a refugee camp, starving, needing medical attention, and scared you would plead others to help you, now wouldn’t you? Since we are fortunate enough to be able to live in healthy countries such as America or Western Europe, we should do everything we can to help.

But let’s face it: caring about refugees in Darfur isn’t exactly on top of my agenda. With all the regular problems in my life and what I care about, such as school and friends and sports, and all the other charities on the world, you don’t really feel the pain and suffering of the black African population, half a planet away.

So think: think how fortunate you are, and how many things you have you don’t really need. Look at your big house with pictures of happy memories, and then see your house through a black African’s eyes. When they look at their house they see a small heap of rubble, courtesy of the Janjaweed.

This is along the lines of the typical thinking of a typical kid.

Spread the awareness, and let people know about the genocide in Darfur. Let people know about all of the starving kids and families and all of the murdered people and all of the black Africans that are living in refugee camps. And all the other comments that kids are leaving on this blog are unbelievable, because so many people care about this project. And so do I.

Anonymous said...

People in Darfur are being killed and it’s not right. To help Darfur I think we should start a fundraiser. At first I had several ideas like help building homes, or sending doctors to Darfur to help. I thought of what would be the best and I decided a fundraiser because when we earn money we can send doctors over and help build homes from the money we earn. We can also buy clothes, food and daily used materials. That’s what I think we should do to help Darfur, Sudan.

Anonymous said...

I am bringing up a very disturbing problem in Darfur. I think that to stop the genocide we should allow peace keeping forces into Sudan. In our country there was segregation of a certain race based on skin color, in the 1950’s. When that race was strong and didn’t use violence they won. They won with the help of a few people. If we allowed the peace keeping forces in they would be those few helpers and the natives would win. I really think that this will help stop the genocide.

The Modern Typewriter said...

Drama Queen Wrote: “It’s not right, and it’s not fair. People are dying from the governments. People are being sent away.”

Well, I disagree with you, Drama Queen mainly because life isn’t always fair. Life isn’t always perfect. You can’t just expect that everything in the world will always be calm and fine.

I think that what is happening in Darfur is unfair, yes, but sometimes you just have to live the way life is presented. Life will present itself in many ways. Everything that happens in life is for a reason. That is why this is happening. Why is this happening though? Why are people being treated like this? The world may never know…

~The Modern Typewriter~

Anonymous said...

Darfur
There is a genocide going on in Darfur, Sudan and it needs to stop, here is a way to change that. I think we should send in the United Nation into Sudan. I know that the government is not letting the UN in but they will have a big impact on peace in Darfur. I hope if they do end up in Darfur they will end up disarming the Janjaweed army. This is terrible that this is happening to Darfur and UN will help I’m sure. So Darfur government, stop this and let the United Nation in. That is my solution too the genocide in Darfur. By Kyle
Massachusetts, USA

Anonymous said...

Darfur

There is a war in Darfur and this is the way to stop. We could help by disarming Janjaweed Army. Another way we could is we could help by rebuilding the villages that got bombed. We could also have a fund raiser. Once we have a lot of money we can buy food and supplies or what ever they will need. We could send troops to Darfur to help the war to stop. That is the way we could help Darfur.

By,
Matt From Massachusetts USA

John F. said...

Eric wrote:

When I found out that 15,000 people die a month and 200,000 people have fled to refugee camps in neighboring Chad, I was so surprised when I heard about it. We need to plea to President Bush.

I agree with Eric about the crisis in Darfur. When I found out that 15,000 people die a month and 200,000 people have fled to refugee camps in neighboring Chad, I also was surprised. I think that we can do more than just let our President Bush know about this crisis. We can raise awareness to the rest of the world.

John F.
6th grade

Anonymous said...

Darfur Genocide Project!

Many people in Darfur have died and are on the verge of it, because of genocide, this is a serious problem. 400,000 have already died and 2.5 million have lost their homes. The Janjaweed are killing and destroying anything in their path and they aren’t going to stop. Some thing we can do is try to disarm Janjaweed, allow peace keeping force in, or start sending care packages. To me all these solutions are great ideas. Anything we can do to help, I am all for it!

By: Christie Massachusetts USA

Anonymous said...

Darfur project

There is a war In Darfur, [Sudan] and here are some ways to stop it. First Darfur could MAKE A PEACE TREITY WITH THE ATTACKERS THE JANJAWEED. If the janjaweed would not listen we might have to use physical force.
SECONDLY WE COULD MAKE A SHELTER FOR THE INISENT PEOPLE IN DARFUR LIKE an UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. THIRD THE UNITED NATIONS COULD DISARM THE JANJAWEED OF THEIR WEAPONS. OR WE COULD HELP REBBUILD THE DARFUR AREA. Those are only some of my ways to help the war in Darfur.







Nick O.

Anonymous said...

The genocide in has to stop. Over 400,000 innocent citizens have been killed and over 2.5 million people’s lives have been effected by it. We can all do little things to make a big difference, here are some things we can do. We could come and re-build them stronger and safer than they were before. It would give them hope and happiness. Another idea of mine is to send care packages. These care packages would be filled with clothes, medicine and canned foods. I think these would be helpful so they could get the food they needed. With that we could have fundraisers. My last idea is to make better and safer refugee camps. The ones they have right now are not as safe as they could be. The idea I think would be the best would be to have fundraisers and send care packages. Those are my ways to help the innocent citizens of Darfur.
Paige Massachusetts, USA

Sketch Sensei said...

Drama Queen asked:

What if your own country was under this terrible genocide? Wouldn’t you step up and do your part then? America strives to be nonracial in the country itself, but shouldn’t we help the world with that too?

I don’t agree because why does everyone always ask America to help them with something we have no business of? Also, do we do this for reputation, or do we really care?

I think that people rely on America for to many things. We fought for our own independence and didn’t have help from other countries. So why should they ask for our help?

I do think we should open the door for them, but we shouldn’t have to do it all.
I also think that we could be a role model, but not a security guard. They can learn from us, but not always call for our help.


The one and only,
Sketch sensei

Anonymous said...

Name: Marina .L.
Date: 3/5/08




What is happening over in Darfur is horrible and should be stopped at once!!! Over 400,000 people have died and 2.5 million people have lost their homes because of the Genocide in Darfur. I don’t think it is nice for people to be killing other people because of their religion. This is some thing that should never happen again to anyone anywhere ever again. It is completely ridiculous that this is happening in the first place. That is why it should be stopped before it goes any farther.



Sincerely,
Marina

Anonymous said...

Darfur project

There is a war In Darfur, [Sudan] and here are some ways to stop it. First Darfur could MAKE A PEACE TREITY WITH THE ATTACKERS THE JANJAWEED. If the janjaweed would not listen we might have to use physical force.
SECONDLY WE COULD MAKE A SHELTER FOR THE INISENT PEOPLE IN DARFUR LIKE an UNDERGROUND RAILROAD. THIRD THE UNITED NATIONS COULD DISARM THE JANJAWEED OF THEIR WEAPONS. OR WE COULD HELP REBBUILD THE DARFUR AREA. Those are only some of my ways to help the war in Darfur.







Nick O. Massachusetts,USA

denzel said...

There are 6 million Africans in Durfar starving and being killed; it’s called a genocide. The Africans are not even being helped because nobody has taken deep action to this problem. The world’s reaction is to not do anything about this but something needs to be done! Our world community should care even if it’s millions of miles away because it’s our world and our population and if our world community doesn’t step up who will?. Genocide is a big problem with our world because it takes away some people’s pride watching this and to be seeing people treated like this for no reason. If the Janjaweed and all the groups continue to do this we should forget Iraq and send some troops to Africa to fight and send some of the Africans to like the United States, Europe, and Asia and have them be treated there so all of them don’t die!

Logan R of Waverly said...

The conflict in Darfur is no doubt a threat to peace in the world. The inhumane acts committed there are unspeakable in ferocity. However, this does not mean that the U.S. should independently send troops there to try and end the violence. I am not saying we should ignore the problem, only that we should act with the United Nations as a whole. Look what happened the last time we went to war without the U.N. in Iraq. The United States rushed in without the backup of other countries and look where we are now, years later. For now, I think we should continue to send aid in the form of supplies, while we await the decision of the United Nations.

denzel said...

There are 6 million Africans in Durfar starving and being killed; it’s called a genocide. The Africans are not even being helped because nobody has taken deep action to this problem. The world’s reaction is to not do anything about this but something needs to be done! Our world community should care even if it’s millions of miles away because it’s our world and our population and if our world community doesn’t step up who will?. Genocide is a big problem with our world because it takes away some people’s pride watching this and to be seeing people treated like this for no reason. If the Janjaweed and all the groups continue to do this we should forget Iraq and send some troops to Africa to fight and send some of the Africans to like the United States, Europe, and Asia and have them be treated there so all of them don’t die!

brandy from waverly said...

I think it is a horrible thing because people are being forced out of their homes. Women and young girls were being raped and forced to be sex slaves for weeks and months at a time. I feel really bad because of the way they are being treated and they are starving and being killed for no reason. They didn't even do anything wrong. It just makes me want to help the people because they are going through a rough time and someone needs to help them get trough this. I think the government should send over food and and other stuff to help them survive.

damontreal said...

What do i think is happening in Darfur.


I think that there is too much violence in where the people live. I think that the children and their parents shouldn’t exactly be killed if they really didn't do nothing wrong or something like that.

laura from waverly said...

I feel that what is happening in Darfur is horrible and terrifying. When I saw videos of what’s happening there it broke my heart. How could anyone hurt innocent people just because of their race or religion. Something should definitely be done to stop the war in Darfur. I think even though they don't want us to interfere we should bring medical supplies, food, and clothes to help them out a little because they need help even though they refuse it. :(

Ashley said...

What do you think about what's happening in Darfur


I think this should stop someone should help the people in Darer. Because what if it was you out their with nothing to eat and you were starving, I'am mean I would want help.The law says not to murder and yet all these people are killing other people.But America should help other people out but they only think of themselves and America is saying I'am glad its not me out there. Their in their homes siting on their coaches eating potato chips.
I would

Robert said...

What do you think about what’s happening in Darfur?

I think what is happening in Darfur in cruel and shouldn’t be happening to the innocent people. The Sudan armies are killing people for no reason at all and raping the women and children of their camps. The men and women are dying of starvation from getting no food and water. Me personally I don’t think that the things that are happening are fair to the Darfur people because they have no say in what will happen to them or if it will stop. I think the people that are making these things happen should really think about what if it were them being tortured, raped, and killed.

Jamon from waverly said...

In Darfur There is millions people dying but they should be moving out one by one because there is to many africans dying and getting raped or dying off of hungar. Also we should do something about it like we should find them homes so they can live. Because the nation reaction is we don't care and we don't know So there is about 3.5 million dying and being killed and its being called Genocide. If knowing the world needs people to help these africans and they need to know what's going on. If doing this genocide need consequences done to it like jail.

jamesr,from michigan said...

I think that they are fighting about things that are going on in their government. I think that the war they are having doesn't make sense. It’s is like a constant riot. There are rebel groups constantly harassing and attacking innocent civilians. I believe they should send in an army to take out the rebel groups and stop them. If this was happening in America we would want someone to help us I think we should help them. After all people shouldn't have to suffer; we should have our military help Darfur.

denzel said...

There are 6 million Africans in Durfar starving and being killed; it’s called a genocide. The Africans are not even being helped because nobody has taken deep action to this problem. The world’s reaction is to not do anything about this but something needs to be done! Our world community should care even if it’s millions of miles away because it’s our world and our population and if our world community doesn’t step up who will?. Genocide is a big problem with our world because it takes away some people’s pride watching this and to be seeing people treated like this for no reason. If the Janjaweed and all the groups continue to do this we should forget Iraq and send some troops to Africa to fight and send some of the Africans to like the United States, Europe, and Asia and have them be treated there so all of them don’t die!

zoie from waverly said...

I think the Untied States should do something about Darfur, but Darfur is telling us to don’t step in. In Darfur there are 2 million people living in camps from fleeing more then 4 years. 400,000 people have bean killed, some of the women have bean rape, then killed. Even some people think this will turn into a Genocide. So us as a Community we should help Darfur out even if they don’t want our help.

heather h lansing said...

Genocide is a big problem.The genocide that is happen in Darfur is devastating. There are more than 400,000 dying and,and 2.3 million kicked out of their own homes. This catastrophe is causing more and more pain everyday for the citizens of Darfur. Is it causing pain for the rest of us ? Is it causing pain for you ? To know these people or victims are being beating, starved, raped and even killed for no apparent reason, should this make you want to do something?

Skipping Sally said...

I was just thinking do you know sometimes you think that life isn’t fair. When you look at the people in Darfur you can see that life really isn’t fair to them. You are always complaining about the things that you don’t have in your life. All the things that you could live without!!!!!

Think a little bit about this, look at how many things you get in your lifetime that you never use or take care of at all. Right now you probably have hundreds of things sitting in your house that you never use.

You just take everything for granted that you at one time you really wanted. But did you need it at that time? Did you ever really NEED it? If you needed it you would not just be taking it for grated right now. It would not be sitting on your floor of your room you’re your house doing nothing.

Right now I do not think that people in Darfur would be taking any food or water or shelter that they have right now. Some of the people there are in danger of their lives. I don’t think that anybody there is taking their life for granted.


Thinking about Darfur,
Skipping Sally

Anonymous said...

alyson Massachusetts,USA

Darfur


People in Darfur are in a lot of trouble, here are some solutions to help solve the problem. There is genocide and war going on in Darfur. First solution is that the American army should try to diss arm the Janjaweed army. Second solution is that we could try a piece treating Third solution is that we could send in doctors to help the people who are hurt badly. The best solution is to make a refugee camp out side of Darfur. Those are some solutions to help the people in Darfur.


By:
Alyson Turschman

larkyn.r said...

Responding to anonymous saying I don’t know if you no this but people are running away to refuge camps. I don’t know if you know this but… he is basically ordering the janguweed to go kill the black Africans!! Besides this has been happening for over two years he would have stopped this by now. He is probly staying out because sadly we all know genocides will solve there selves if we don’t help.

If you were president of Sudan what would you do? This might never completely stop so don’t say “I will stop them right away!”

Larkyn.r 6th grade NC

Anonymous said...

Alec
Mass. USA

There is a genocide war in Darfur. Luckily, I thought of 3 solutions to stop the war. Hopefully they will help at least. The first solution is to disarm the Janjaweed Army. My second solution is to get bigger guns. The final solution is going in an all out war. I think the best solution is to disarm the Janjaweed Army. Because there would be no more fighting if they were disarmed.

Tar Heel Boy said...

Anonymous/ Alisha said:

I think that the people of our country could make a difference in Darfur, or at least try to. People of Darfur can't even afford to have a decent roof over their heads and many people are starving.

I wonder what we can do since we don’t have much experience with genocides. Do you want us to go in and do more killing in Darfur or what? I believe this could lead to another war. The reason I think this is because when we start killing people, trying to help, then they will start killing us, I think you can see where I’m going.

The only thing I think we can do is raise awareness and hope that it gets better. I just don’t think there is any other way to help.

I would love to help if I could but I don’t see the opportunity there.

If you find another way that we can help leave a comment and share an idea.

What else can the world to help the genocide and Darfur? I can’t wait to see how people find ways to help Darfur.


Signed,
Tar Heel Boy

Carson T said...

Connor S: Why are we always the ones that have to help all of the suffering people?

Connor I think that we are such a super power that people think that we can fix their problems because we help countries or at least that our government thinks that we are for example like in Iraqi trying get them in the right direction but not really happening.

Anyways I think that people in the globe should help out but just America because the U.S tries to fix everything. Sometimes we don’t handle it the right way because George W Bush isn’t the best president in my opinion. I wonder what people can do to help because the Darfur’s government won’t let us in their country to help.

What do you think about us helping countries? Do you think it’s good that we help? Yes and no and why? How do we stop genocides and from happening?
What Do you think about this genocide?

Carson T from NC

VladtheImpaler said...

Alisha the Anonymous vividly writes an open letter to George Bush describing the following:

Dear George W. Bush,
I think that the people of our country could make a difference in Darfur, or at least try to. People of Darfur can't even afford to have a decent roof over their heads and many people are starving. There are not many jobs in Darfur so it isn't easy to earn money for the family because there really isn't a place to earn that money to put food on the table or provide needs.

I think that the United States should contribute to the country Darfur by having a few people from the U.S to go over there and try to stop all the outrage of emotion. As the United States we could help Darfur so that many people would have better jobs

Now although she has a point of view towards this issue I have a strong opinion as well however. Alisha I don’t understand this Why an open letter to George Bush isn’t his term over? What will he do in a span of a few months? Stop this genocide? To me you should be writing to the political candidate you feel most
affiliated asking what he/she will do with Darfur.

Quite frankly, I feel writing to George Bush is pointless because in the 2 terms that he served if he really cared about Darfur wouldn’t he do something to help? After all didn’t this genocide in Darfur start in 2003? Alisha you also claim that the people should do something about this genocide right? Who’s job is that the government or ours?

Why should we care anyway? If we are supposed to care whose job is that to make us care? How should we think to care about this genocide? And you think Big Bad Bush should care Here’s why he doesn’t. There are only 2 reasons why Bush doesn’t care about this genocide. Either he feels that Sudan will do nothing to help us in turmoil so we can’t help them or that because we’ve never experienced genocide it’s hard for us .

What Do You Think?


Yours Truly,

- VladtheImpaler

Meghan G. said...

I think the problem in Darfur is sad. Genocide is horrible. The people being killed are innocent. They don't even live for a chance for their dreams to come true. They live everyday not knowing what will happen or if they'll even be alive tomorrow. It's all over race and land. That makes it even worse for me in my opinion. No one can choose who they are or what they look like. It's just truly disappointing to me. I want to help in any way I can. It's my responsibility to see the change I want. I can't just sit around and wait for others to change it.

Anonymous said...

Darfur

This genocide in Darfur is wrong. It needs to stop. The first reason is because there is way too many people dieing. We need to disarm the Janjaweed so they will stop killing people. Second because people are going hungry and dieing from starvation. Third so we don’t have to send over our troops. So please stop this mess. Those are some reasons we NEED to stop the genocide in Darfur.



-Samantha

Anonymous said...

I think that everybody in Sudan should find a resolution to all of this. There really is no reason for any of this. But I don’t blame Darfur for starting a rebel army. After all they were close to being forgotten about. They got forgotten about when you guys got they new president person. What if you were for gotten about? How would you feel? Then for trying to get fair rights you and your family and people around your town kept getting killed. Personally I would not want to be one of them. With sleepless nights and living days with fright. It seems very scary to me. I think that you guys could have figured out something else. Well something that doesn’t include sending the Janjaweed to Darfur to kill them all. But then you lye and say you are not supporting the Janjaweed but everyone has proof. When and if you finally admit that you are supporting the Janjaweed you are going to be in big trouble. But I still don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know what you are going to do. But I still wish you would figure this out. I was hoping you wouldn’t go this far and need peoples help to figure out what your doing is wrong. I hope you think about the different paragraphs that you are going to get.




-Delaney

Anonymous said...

Stop Genocide



United Nations should stop genocide. By helping the refugee camps. Give them food, medicine, and shelter so they can live. Also we should aware the United States so they can help too. We should disarm the Janjaweed Army so they can’t kill anyone with guns. We should get the U.S. Army so they can get rid of the Janjaweed Army. We should also donate money so they can get new clothes. When they get there houses back .That is what we should do about genocide.

Rick
Massachusetts,USA

michael said...

If i ever sat down with a refugee, I would feel terrible. I would try to comfort them and let them know that there are people out there that care for the situation.
Sometimes a little hope goes a long way.

Anonymous said...

Darfur, Sudan In Darfur, Sudan there has been much violence because of racism. The U.N. has tried to send in a peace keeping force, but Omar al Bashir said he wouldn’t let them in. I think that we should send in that peace keeping force. 400,000 people have died and around 3 million have lost their homes. Many people are and are still walking to refuge camps. The U.N. knows and has proof that the government of Sudan is supporting the Janjaweed army, which is the army committing Genocide. This has to stop. All men are created equal, so this is STUPID. Little kids are dieing, their parents are all dead too. This is why we need to send in a peace keeping force A.S.A.P. From, Colin, Massachusetts, USA

Anonymous said...

4/5/08

Stop Genocide!!
There are many problems in Darfur right now. People are loosing family members. They are loosing their homes. And the refugees they have, don’t have much supplies. The last problem is politics. The solution to these problems are to bring the united nations in for the politics. Help people in the refugees with food, medicine, and to get shelter. And then we should take the weapons away from the Jawjaweed. This is how we can help!!!

yiannis massachusettes

Anonymous said...

This is what I would do if I could change what is happening in Darfur. The Janjaweed is killing innocent people. This is what we could do to stop that. We can build a giant barrier that separates the Janjaweed from the innocent people. We can bring them food and things they need. That is what I think we can do to stop what is happening to the innocent people in Darfur.


by: cody-Massachusetts

Anonymous said...

Genocide In Darfur

I think that genocide in Darfur is just not right! When I found out that the Janjaweed army attacks the people in Darfur, I was speechless. People shouldn’t get hurt or die just because they’re different. Here are some ways that I think we could do to help stop genocide. One way is that we could write a letter to Darfur saying how we feel about genocide. We could also go on the news and talk about genocide and talk about how wrong it is. Finally I think we could raise money for the people in Darfur. Those are some things we can do to stop genocide.

Brittany m.w

Dave Z said...

If I was to sit down with a refugee, I would tell them that a lot of people from around the world, including the United States, are recognizing what is going on here and that many people are trying hard to help them. In the U.S., media is taking over and there is a lot in the news, magazines, tv, internet, and a lot more that are mentioning Darfur and how to help the people there. They are holding conventions and rallies for Darfur and a lot of people in the America is seeing the genocide and the terrible things that are happening in Darfur. I would tell them that help is coming soon and that they are not alone, everybody sees the terrible things happening there.

Anonymous said...

1. If I were to sit down and talk with a refugee of my age in Chad, I have no idea what I would say. I really couldn’t even put myself in that position, but if I had to figure something out, I would probably first start out by apologizing and telling them how amazing of a person they are to get through all that they have been through. If I were ever put in their position I am not sure if I would had made it as far as they have. We are so privileged and ungrateful in this country compared to others that we don’t even see what is going on in the rest of the world. I bet that all of the teens in this country would be shocked to see how much we have and how little they do, and I think we need to begin to stop being so ungrateful and help the people in Darfur.
– Macy, 8th Grade, Virginia (:

Anonymous said...

SUDAN

In Sudan there is a problem. The problem is this; regular people are getting killed and displaced because of the Janjaweed Army. We need to stop the Janjaweed Army. One of my solutions is that we stop the evil dictator Omar. Another solution is to transport the regular people to a safer place than Sudan. That’s how I think to help the people in Sudan.
By: Brittany

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