In the midst of so much happening in our countries, our world, our lives, our economies, it‘s easy to forget regions of the world where violence rages out of control and little attention is given to it. One such place if the Darfur region of the Sudan. Such places are not “sexy” as they hold little strategic value and so are given little help and attention. Yet people are being slaughtered and have been for several years now. Such atrocities rival the atrocities perpetrated by Saddam Hussein, if not make them pale in comparison! Yet I hear little of a Presidential or political outcry over this. Again and again, this situation gets pushed to the side in the media and does not hold the attention of our political leaders.
If you have never watched the movie “Hotel Rwanda,” I highly recommend it, but don’t watch it if you’re even the slightest bit depressed. It vividly portrays what happened, and indeed, what has been and is happening now in the Darfur region of Sudan.
In the midst of economic crises, political campaigns, gas prices, wars, terrorism, etc. it’s easy to forget these innocent ones who are being slaughtered and who get little attention because they have little strategic value to us. Perhaps they have little strategic value, but do they not have moral value to the world community with resources to help?
If you get a minute, drop a note to the UN, your Congressional Representatives and Senators, and President Bush. Urge them, if possible, to do something more to address this situation, even if it isn’t “sexy.” Such action, I believe, is part and parcel of walking a spiritual path.