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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

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

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where is darfur
Where is Darfur? things that matter.”

Underlying tensions dispelling myths
Underlying Tensions & Dispelling Myths things that matter.”


  • 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
Who’s Involved? things that matter.”


  • 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
Timeline of a Genocide things that matter.”

  • 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
What’s Really Happening? things that matter.”


  • 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
Save Darfur Coalition things that matter.”

  • 180 member organizations

  • 130 million people

  • Goals:

    - Safety of civilians and aid workers

    - Humanitarian relief

    - Accountability

    - Safe return

What can you do
What Can You Do? things that matter.”


  • 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
our generation united to make a difference? things that matter.”


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
Dollars for Darfur: things that matter.”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

Here s the challenge

Last Year: things that matter.”

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
Where Does the Money Go? things that matter.”

  • 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
Examples of what aid to Darfur can provide: things that matter.”

  • $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

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

For more information and to be involved visit: things that matter.”