Monday, February 07, 2005

So you think you have problems?

A quick search on Google News today turned up surprisingly little on Darfur and the horrific, ongoing genocidal conflict in Sudan. We have forgotten about Darfur. It was shoved off flok dekoke's radar screen with all the coverage about the tsunami disaster, the superbowl, George II's coronation, sponge bob's amoral inclinations, apple computers overhyped expo, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Iraq, Iran, Social Security reform, Michael Jackson, etc, etc.

Amid all the bland aspects of our little flok dekoke world, we have managed to move the victims of Sudan's conflicts out of sight and out of mind. We don't see it, we don't hear about it, so it's not there.

Want to donate some money for the refugees in Sudan and Chad? You can do it at the American Red Cross website but even they have managed to make it hard to find in their site so that you have to slog through several paragraphs to figure out the money has to go through their International Response Fund.

In all fairness, the Red Cross does an astonishing amount of good work. Their site reminds us of important needs like donating blood, vaccination campaigns, refugee support, hurricane and flood relief programs, tissue donation, and the list goes on and on. They even report they have fully met their fund raising needs for tsunami victims and suggest other ways of helping. It just seems they could make it a little easier on their webpage to help with Darfur and any other programs they us to support.

Flok dekoke suggests raising awareness on Sudan and other nasty ongoing wars in Africa. You can learn more about Darfur and other conflicts at Human Rights Watch.

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