Are you ready to join us in our efforts? Want to know more about the organizations that we’re looking to support through The 100 Mile Challenge? Here’s a quick overview of Save Darfur.
Save Darfur: Quick Facts and and Insight on Politics
- There are between 40 and 80 different ethnic groups in Darfur.
- Darfurians exsist largely through their farming and nomadic herding.
- Local languages include Arabic, Fur and Massalit.
- Over 400 villages were completely destroyed and millions of civilians were forced to flee their homes in 2003.
- There are 2.7 million internally displaced persons who live in huge displacement camps across Darfur.
Those last two facts are shocking, huh? The present dilemma in Darfur began in the spring of 2003, when two Darfuri rebel movements – the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) – launched attacks against government military groups as part of a campaign to fight against the historic political and economic power of Darfur.
Through coordinated military raids with government-armed militia (aka: the janjaweed), the Sudanese military specifically targeted those 40 to 80 ethnic groups from which the rebels gained support in an attempt to wipe out entire people groups, in a word – genocide.
Today, fighting between the rebels and the government continues. Citizens and militias have taken advantage of the chaos in Darfur – looting of humanitarian aid provided and gender-based crimes are being committed regularly. Statistics show that women and children make up the overwhelming majority of those living in displaced persons camps, with some estimates as high as 80%. Due to this staggering statistic, rape can be seen throughout the camps.
…But what can I do? Your desire alone to get involved can help! As you’re reading this postand watching the above video, you’re equipping yourself with crucial information.
What you can do is simple – talk to people! Tell your teachers, students, classmates, families, co-workers, people on the street (everyone!) about The 100 Mile Challenge and how we’re looking to do our part to help Save Darfur.
To learn more about Save Darfur’s vision to politically combat the genocide, visit their website, SaveDarfur.org