DARFUR: AN OVERVIEW of the CONFLICT in the SUDAN

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview my friend Ivan recently, who has spent a lot of time “on the ground” in Africa over the last few years—including months doing emergency humanitarian work in Darfur. I put this 10 minute piece together, hoping this explanation could be useful in clarifying a humanitarian disaster to which the news doesn’t always give context.

The brief overview describes three of the significant “drivers” that explain what is going on in Darfur, but also show why decreasing the misery is so difficult.

The three “drivers” are 1) ethnicity, 2) oil (mostly China, in the ongoing “Scramble for Africa”), and 3) desertification/climate change.

I hope the piece is helpful, and by its clarity, inspiring. Any informative comments are greatly appreciated—and if you find the piece clarifying, inspiring, useful or anything else, please pass along the link here or the link on youtube.

Remember, we have (both Canada and the States) massive ties to China. Let the politicians and anybody else you know, know you’re not happy about living-hell for citizens being a trade-off for oil.

DARFUR IN 10 MINUTES: AN OVERVIEW OF THE CONFLICT IN SUDAN

As a personal note, with the Darfur hell so centred around oil, I can’t help but think of the Iraq hell, that also began in 2003, and has likely resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians—basically folks like you and me.

To get a brief overview of the colonial legacy in Africa, and put Sudan in even more context, take a look at this ten minute summary from Uganda Rising.

Don’t you just dream of a time when enough people actually say, “No”—and it has meaning? Maybe that time is closer than we know.

Lots and lots of love to you and yours—may you sleep well and be safe, and feel loved,

Pete xoxo

PS Thanks to Dennis Burke for the music (which is actually from See Grace Fly).

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