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The Am I Not Human? Campaign began as a means to bring focus to the genocide occurring in Darfur. This month we learn that Darfur is a top priority for the Obama administration. The information below is taken directly from The White House Agenda website.

Eye on Darfur

Bringing relief to the battered region of Darfur is a top priority for the administration, the President and Vice President assured the actor and activist George Clooney last night.

In separate meetings with President Obama and Vice President Biden, Clooney told them what he saw on his recent trip to Eastern Chad.

"We saw an awful lot of fear," Clooney told Larry King last night of his visit to the region. "There was [also] a tremendous amount of hope."

After six years of fighting,
it’s estimated that 300,000 people have been killed and more than 2.7 million displaced in the Darfur region of Sudan.

Learn more about the joint United Nations-African Union mission there.

Women: Preventing Violence Against Women

Fighting Gender Violence Abroad: The genocide in Darfur has had particularly devastating consequences for women. Tens of thousands of women have been killed, raped, and displaced since the conflict began in 2003. President Obama has been a leading voice in Washington urging the end of genocide in Sudan. He worked with Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) on the Darfur Peace and Accountability Act, a version of which was signed into law. The President has traveled to the United Nations to meet with Sudanese officials and visited refugee camps on the Chad-Sudan border to raise international awareness of the ongoing humanitarian disaster there. He also worked with Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) to secure $20 million for the African Union peacekeeping mission.

While we are pleased to know that President Obama and his administration have "their eyes on Darfur", it is important to note that the eyes of the world have been on this region for quite a long time. Watchful eyes have not yet ended the atrocities that continue to occur in this region. Perhaps it is time to stop watching and put an end to these continued acts of violence and genocide. The fact that we are watching means little to nothing as compared to the Eye of God watching what we do or not do to stop such evil against His children.

Sojourner's Place joins with other bloggers on the 27th day of each month in denunciation of human rights violations across the world, and particularly Darfur. As part of the Am I Not Human? campaign, information and tools are provided throughout the blogosphere to bring to the forefront the atrocities that continue to occur in our world. This Campaign continues until such time that measurable, sustained, and progression changes occur. Please go to
Roots of Humanity, this Campaign's Virtual Headquarters for more information or you may email organizers at: Virtual Campaign headquarters can be found at:

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When I was much younger my view of "Black on Black crime" was that it was just the price one paid for living in the hood. As I learned about atrocities in Africa, I found it suprising that a continent of Africans warred against each other in tribal conflicts.

The reality is that no one person or group has copyrights on murder and inhumanity. As Paul grieved for Israel, I grieve for Africans (both here in America and abroad). Until we can look at each other and see another human being, we will continue down the path of pain, destruction and shame.


February 27, 2009 at 1:38 AM

Science shows that that genetic variation within a population dwarfs that between populations

Race is indeed then a social construct which means anything a particalr ethnic group does differently to another is going to be down to cultural/political/historic and economic factors.

These are the factors that external polulations such as the USA and UK can impact upon. The flip side of "belonging" ethnic identity is dangerous racist nationalism (think Nazi germany)- tribalism is just a perfect example of nationalism. The big problem is how to nurture and prseserve identity while doing the same for social cohesion. I'm not sure that is possible. But who would give up their culture? Difficult one.

February 27, 2009 at 3:29 AM

I appreciate you for the consistent commitment that you have made to this monthly human rights blogging campaign.

My understanding is that Obama and Hillary plan to name an offical 'envoy' to deal with the situation in Darfur ... similiar to their strategy in the Mideast and Afghanistan/Pakistan. I look forward to the announcement.

I'm also heartened by the fact that UN Ambassador Susan Rice is a longtime Darfur activist. She should give the US a greater voice about the Darfur genocide in the United Nations.

February 27, 2009 at 10:20 AM

SJP..righteous post. Thank you for reminding us of the struggles our brothers and sisters still face in Darfur.

I know Obama's plate is full, but in his admin recognizing the plight of the people of that country bears well with his plans for Global Unity

February 27, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Great post SjP!

I am hoping that we will see some major progress in Darfur under Obama's administration. This is really an inhumane situation that needs to be eradicated.

February 27, 2009 at 9:34 PM

Great post. Hopefully we will see some improvement in the situation sooner rather than later. For information on the lives of refugees in camps in Darfur and along the Chadian border, communities of Sudanese in Egypt, the pending ICC decision and the relationship between China and Sudan, listen to the Darfur Radio Project's March show at

March 1, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Thank you for this post --- watchful eyes certainly are not enough. Very well said.

March 2, 2009 at 9:10 AM
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