Journals - Darfur Debate
Darfur Videoconference 
Darfur Videoconference 
"As global citizens, it is imperative to recognize and understand that genocide continues to occur in the twenty-first century."

During this videoconference hosted by Global Nomads Group, we participated in two sessions.  Session #1 brought together several US schools to discuss the conflict in Darfur, which has reached its fifth year as hundreds of thousands of Darfuris have been killed and millions have been displaced.  Session #2 allowed us to speak with Jane Wells, the Founder and Executive Director of 3 Generations, a 501c3 Not-for-Profit organization that honors those who have died as a result of genocide and supports survivors.  She produced the documentary film, The Devil Came on Horseback, which premiered at Sundance in 2007.  We watched the film prior to these videoconferences.
"The genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan is a topic that I feel very strongly about.  In the twenty-first century, with all of the international organizations, means of communication and technology that we have, as well as groups dedicated to the protection of human rights, there is no excuse for genocide to occur."  -Taylor Crystal "The Sudanese president al-Bashir denies any responsibility for the crimes that have taken place in the region of Darfur. . . As an official military observer, Brian Steidle had access to parts of the country that no journalist could penetrate.  He exposed the images and stories of the lives that were destroyed in an effort to bring attention to this modern-day genocide."  -Frank
"I never thought any subject that was being taught to me in school would ever make me cry, but this did.  Now that I know it exists I am not going to ignore it. . . I am going to help even if it isn't much, it's at least something, and at least the best I can give."  -Leyla
'The movie made me think that the U.S. should do something about the horror going on in Darfur.  Not only the U.S., but all the countries in the United Nations should help too."  -Brandon

"There were certain things in the movie that made me very emotional and were hard to watch.  An example would be seeing the photographs of some of the children who were brutally murdered.  There were also interviews with village people shortly after their villages had been attacked.  Brian, the ex-Marine in the film, got so close to the action that he actually obtained footage of the Janjaweed riding around searching random villages."  -Travis
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