Friday, March 13, 2009
There is a genocide going on in Sudan as we speak. This very moment, of Holocaust proportions. The situation there makes our current "economic crisis" look like a temporary cold, at best, and our nightly news weeping and gnashing of teeth seem so selfish. Personally, I feel helpless and guilty about it all at the same time. And yeah I know too that people are really "suffering" (a truly relative term when you consider the boy's eyes in the picture above) here in the land of plenty. I don't mean to discount our home country suffering, but how can I not? I'm worried about paying for my middle daughter's tennis lessons while this is going on?! Here is a website listing nonprofits working in the Sudan to which contributions can be made.
And Here is the news relating to nonprofits. Earlier this week, after the International Criminal Court in the Hague issued an arrest warrant for Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, the Sudanese government retaliated by ordering the expulsion of 10 International humanitarian organizations. For news coverage, see here, here, and here. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy:
Relief workers say the well being of hundreds of thousands of people in Sudan is at risk because of a decision by the government to oust 13 aid groups, shortly after the International Criminal Court ordered the arrest of the nation’s president on charges of war crimes. Human-rights advocates say Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is using the aid organizations as a bargaining chip in his effort to get the U.N. Security Council to defer the court’s case against him. The 13 groups—12 charities and one for-profit development organization—employed about 6,500 people in the country, most of them Sudanese. The United Nations has said their removal will cut aid in Darfur by at least a half. Four Sudanese charities have also been asked to close.
It seems more than apparent that the Sudanese government is holding a country full of starving people hostage and using them as bargaining chips. Incidentally, about a week's worth of the funding spent In Iraq would probably feed those people for a year, I bet. But I am starting to thrash around so I'll just end this post right now. It seems selfish to even even talk about the "teaching points" (the role of nonprofits in society, governance, etc. and how domestic and international laws should be enacted to protect that role) this damnable situation presents.