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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Where is Darfur?. Underlying Tensions & Dispelling Myths. DARFUR:. MYTH: The crisis in Darfur is an Arab v. African conflict.

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where is Darfur?

Underlying Tensions & Dispelling Myths


  • MYTH:The crisis in Darfur is an Arab v. African conflict.

    FACT: “Identity” was more fluid before the conflict; differences have since become exaggerated.

  • MYTH:It’s a conflict over water resources.

    FACT: Drought and desertification exasperated tensions between herders and farmers.

  • MYTH:It’s nothing more than a tribal conflict.

    FACT: Darfuri rebels are dissatisfied with the government due to Darfur’s geographic, political, economic isolation.

Who’s Involved?


  • Government of Sudan:led byPresident Omar al-Bashir

  • Janjaweed Militias:supported by Government of Sudan

  • Rebel Forces:multiple and fractious, oppose Government of Sudan and Janjaweed militias

  • International Community:

    • international organizations: United Nations, African Union

    • proponents of intervention: US, UK, France, several EU members

    • reluctant states: China, Russia, South Africa

  • Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs):

    • Advocacy groups (Save Darfur Coalition, Genocide Intervention Network, ICG)

    • Humanitarian groups (Oxfam, RI, IRC)

    • Human rights organizations (Amnesty International, HRW)

Timeline of a Genocide

  • Feb. 2003 – Fighting breaks out

  • Sept. 2004 –U.S. recognizes the crisis as genocide

  • Nov. 2005 –400,000 dead

  • April 2006 –50,000 people rally to save Darfur

  • May 2006 –Attempted peace deal

  • Sept. 2006 – “Global Day for Darfur”: 57 cities, 41 countries, 6 continents

  • Jan. 2007 –Attempted cease-fire

  • May 2007 –International Criminal Court issues arrest warrants for 2 people, U.S. announces sanctions against Sudan

  • July 2007 –U.N. Security Council passes Resolution 1769

  • Nov. 2007 –Expulsion of humanitarian official, disagreement over composition of UNAMID, attempted peace talks

  • May 10, 2008 –JEM rebels attack Sudanese capital in Khartoum

  • July 14, 2008– International Criminal Court requests arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir for war crimes including genocide.

What’s Really Happening?


  • As many as400,000have been murdered since 2003.

  • An estimated2.5 millionpeople have been displaced.

  • Thelargestrefugee population in the world is found in Darfur.

Save Darfur Coalition

  • 180 member organizations

  • 130 million people

  • Goals:

    - Safety of civilians and aid workers

    - Humanitarian relief

    - Accountability

    - Safe return

What Can You Do?


  • Quick Actions

    • Become a part of the Save Darfur community

    • Spread the word

    • Keep Darfur an important issue in the government

  • Participate in National Darfur Campaigns

    • Be a Voice for Darfur postcard campaign

    • Protection and Security

    • Dollars for Darfur National School Challenge

  • Local Organizing for Darfur

    • Join or start a local advocacy group

our generation united to make a difference?


What if students used online social networks to organize their schools and a national fundraising effort to stop the genocide?

"Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great; you can be that generation."- Nelson Mandela

Dollars for Darfur: National School Challenge

  • Visit the official Dollars for Darfur website to start your own group and help end the genocide:


  • Dollars for Darfur group pages: Facebook and MySpace

  • Ask friends from other schools to set up a campaign and join Dollars for Darfur groups

Last Year:

Students raised $150,000!

Over 400 schools registered on the Dollars for Darfur website

This Year:

Goal: $200,000

Let’s get 500 schools involved!

Your Goal: Raise the most and advocate most effectively out of all the schools!

Here’s the Challenge:

Where Does the Money Go?

  • 50% = humanitarian aid

    This aid goes directly through organizations working on the ground in the Darfur region.

  • 50% = Save Darfur Coalitionfor media outreach, public education, targeted coalition building and grassroots mobilization.

Examples of what aid to Darfur can provide:

  • $35 = Two high-energy meals a day to 200 children

  • $50 = Vaccinations for 50 people against meningitis, measles, polio or other deadly epidemics

  • $70 = Two basic suture kits to repair minor shrapnel wounds

  • $100 = Infection-fighting antibiotics to treat nearly 40 wounded children

  • $250 = A sterilization kit for syringes and needles used in mobile vaccination campaigns

  • $500 = A medical kit containing basic drugs, supplies, equipment, and dressings to treat 1,500 patients for three months

  • $1000 = Emergency medical supplies to aid 5,000 disaster victims for an entire month

  • $5500 = An emergency health kit to care for 10,000 displaced people for three months

For more information and to be involved visit:



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