For those of you who haven’t heard of the mass atrocities/genocide that is going on in Africa and its surrounding areas, I want to share with you some amazing organizations who are helping to stop these horrible attacks.
Genocide is “the following actions committed with intent to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group: Killing members of the group; Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part” (taken straight from the United To End Genocide website)
Currently, these are the areas that are being affected:
The genocide in Darfur is a direct result of their government seeking to gain control of land that the non-arab citizens of Darfur are living on and to also “cleanse” Sudan of this group of people. The government denies any involvement in the catastrophe. They also deny that they did not hire a group of murderers known as the “Janjaweed” or the “devils on horseback” to carry out this mission. The Janjaweed are heavily armed and run rampant through the villages. They mercilessly kill innocent men, women, and children and rape the women of the village. If the citizens are lucky, they can flee to a refugee camp where they are not guarenteed food or water due to the sheer number of individuals seeking help. Many die from starvation, lack of clean water, or diseases.
The following excerpt is taken straight from the United To End Genocide website explaining who they are and what they do:
We are United to End Genocide, the largest activist organization in America dedicated to preventing and ending genocide and mass atrocities worldwide. We are faith leaders, students, artists, investors and genocide survivors, and all those who believe we must fulfill the promise the world made following the Holocaust — “Never Again!”
United to End Genocide arose from the merger of the Save Darfur Coalition and the Genocide Intervention Network. Those organizations led the historic movement to demand an end to genocide in Darfur. For the first time, elected leaders took action to stop genocide — because millions of people took a stand and spoke out in one voice to say, “You must!”
We became United to End Genocide because the power of our shared voice and action is needed now more than ever. Too many people in Darfur and all of Sudan are still suffering at the hands of Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s president and architect of the Darfur genocide. And too many people everywhere — in Libya, in Syria, in Cote d’Ivoire and Burma — need to know that the United States and other nations will act to stop atrocities and prevent genocide.
We believe the only way to prevent mass atrocities and to end genocide once and for all, is to build a large, powerful activist network — a sustainable movement — that will sound the alarm and demand action by our elected leaders to protect all who face these threats, anywhere in the world.
The following website is what started “United To End Genocide”. It is geared more towards the situation in Sudan, particularly in Darfur:
Both websites take one time and monthly donations if you wish to support this cause. They both also have different programs that you can be a part of.
The following photos were found on savedarfur.org and by a simple Google search:
If you find it in your heart to support these amazing organizations, you can donate your time or money and spread the word of genocide.