Thursday, December 18, 2008

Initiative by Singaporean youth -- Darfur Now! 2009

Some of you all may already be aware of this grouping/initiative through InteresThink 3 but since I am also keeping an eye on the Darfur crisis and that an acquaintance of mine is somewhat associated with this grouping/initiative, I would lend my support to this grouping/initiative by firstly spreading the word about it.

In essence, Darfur Now! 2009 is, as the "About Us" section of their blog/website states:

Darfur Now! is a ground up initiative by a group of concerned Singaporean Youth Activists on the plight of the people in Darfur.

The Darfur Now! Campaign is a nation-wide campaign, targeted to educate and empower Singaporeans, especially youth throughout 2009.

The campaign title is inspired by a film of the same name. In this film, the struggles and achievements of six very different individuals bring to light the situation in Darfur and the need to get involved. From a UCLA graduate in Los Angeles, California, to a Darfurian woman who joins rebel forces, to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, to a United Nations humanitarian on the ground in Sudan, to an internationally known actor and activist, and finally to a community leader in a West Darfur refugee camp, the film portrays the heroic efforts of six people responding to a humanitarian tragedy unfolding before our eyes.

It also highlights the urgency of the need of action to better the situation in Darfur. Darfur has suffered too long - it cannot wait. We have to do something for Darfur Now!

Besides having a blog/website, the grouping/initiative also has a presence on Facebook.

And for those of you all why may be not that familiar with what exactly has and is happening in Darfur, you all may wish to refer to either pages 11-15 of this study guide (this study guide, of course, only offers a cursory look and introduction to the Darfur crisis) or this documentary produced by PBS Frontline.

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