The year is 2008. This is the year where we celebrate the progress of the today’s world. This is the year where we celebrate half a decade of a people an ocean away from us in Cleveland. This is a momentous year: five years of the genocide in Darfur.
In western Sudan there exists a region known as Darfur. Within this Sudanese region live mostly black Africans. Day and night, these men, women, and children live in fear from the thought of one day the Arab, Sudanese government-supported Janjaweed riding in on their black horses bearing weapons and the power of fear. After these men rape and burn the homes, government helicopters follow the pillaging with a flyover of the town ensuring all are dead.
Some escape just in time only to find themselves walking hundreds of miles through barren desert just to reach a refugee camp in Chad , where thousands live in cramped quarters and water and food are not so plentiful. Refugee men, women, and children are living out their lives in despair and realization that the world doesn't care.
"A lot of my friends don't know about Darfur, but I think the first step is to tell my buddies about the unspoken government-supported genocide in Sudan," said junior Kyle Spisak. This young man's words speak truth to what we must understand and must do.
We, who live in the wealthiest country in the world, who live in a country that provides so much to us, must understand that there is a world outside of the one we are used to. Just because Darfur is an ocean away does not mean we have the right to ignore them. We are all people, but we have only one home. Revive our home. Save Darfur.
Donate money to refugee camps by visiting Kenston's Darfur fundraising website.