Monday, May 01, 2006

Africa



Over the last couple of years I have listed several travel blogs over on my list because I find them so incredibly interesting and enlightening. We have been to New Zealand and Turkey and Russia and many other places. Now, one of my regular readers (Crystal) over on Wide Open Wonder has begun her odyssey into East Africa. I am going to borrow some graphics from her blog so you can take a look at where she is headed, including her itinerary. I think it is really cool that we can accompany her via these blogs and read about the places she visits. Let's cheer her on and follow her journey. Crystal's Itinerary is as follows:

The Rough Itinerary

(May 1st – July 10th)

Week 1 London

Week 2 Kenya Rural Community Development Project

Week 3 Kenya Rural Community Development Project

Week 4 Kenya Rural Community Development Project

Week 5 Uganda

Week 6 Rwanda

Week 7 Zanzibar

Week 8 Tanzania

Week 9 Tanzania/Kenya

Week 10 Kenya/London


Africa has been the topic of discussion on many fronts as of late, and as it should be. I sit here and I watch reports on Oprah and the news as well as the news programs and entertainment shows I watch, and it is not good. It is hard for me to comprehend what I could possibly do to help change the way things are. There are too many wars going on around the world and the focus of what we "Should" be doing as a world community- earth respecting people. Many years ago, when I was in High School I worked on a program called "We Care" and we raised thousands of dollars to help feed the people in Ethiopia during the famine that still rages on today. The world has not done enough to stop the tide of famine, death and disease. If we could end the wars and conflicts around the globe and refocus all of that energy, power and money to help heal the world instead of destroying it, maybe then things will begin to change.

So much of Africa is forgotten and ignored. AIDS is still alive and well, and thousands of people die DAILY because the world still does not enough to help them. People are homeless and penniless and hungry and sick and so many HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS have been DISPLACED because of wars between factions, and religious and racial groups. The issue between Arab Muslims and black Muslims in a predominantly Muslim area has seen genocide continue today that region we call DARFUR.


This from Wikipedia:

Darfur (Arabic meaning "home of the Fur”) is a region of far western Sudan bordering the Central African Republic and Chad It is divided into three federal states within Sudan: Gharb Darfur (West Darfur), Janub Darfur (South Darfur), and Shamal Darfur (North Darfur). The current conflict between the Janjaweed and the non-Arab peoples of the region has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands and the displacement of millions (see Darfur Conflict).

Although the Darfur conflict has also been framed as a battle between Arabs and black Africans, the vast majority of people in Darfur are black and Muslim. The true division in Darfur is between ethnic groups, split between herders and farmers, and the tribes gave themselves the label of "African" or "Arab" based on what language its members speak and whether they work the soil or herd livestock. Also, if they attain a certain level of wealth, they call themselves Arab.

Although the Darfur conflict has also been framed as a battle between Arabs and black Africans, the vast majority of people in Darfur are black and Muslim. The true division in Darfur is between ethnic groups, split between herders and farmers, and the tribes gave themselves the label of "African" or "Arab" based on what language its members speak and whether they work the soil or herd livestock. Also, if they attain a certain level of wealth, they call themselves Arab.

DARFUR is the latest issue to come to international media. The killing must stop. The newest genocide of the 21st century is raging on the Dark Continent. But what can we do to help stop the violence and killing? I'm going to give you a list of links to go look at and maybe in your own "Blog Way" you can help me spread the word.

I saw George Clooney on Oprah the other day and there was a huge demonstration in Washington to bring attention to this matter. There are groups (internationally) that we can help. Having to go through a Government to sift funds and food takes too much time, and does not guarantee that all of your donations will get to where they need to go in time to make a difference. And time is of the essence. People are dying in the thousands daily. We must call for peace in the war torn areas of Africa.

We must urge our leaders to step up and try and push this issue to the forefront of our daily lives and business. The care of humanity I believe supersedes any other issue at hand. It is hard enough for the governments of North America to take care of their own, that they should be forced to look at this issue NOW - before we loose an entire generation of children and adults to war, famine, disease and strife.


The IRC is providing emergency assistance to hundreds of thousands of uprooted people fleeing ongoing violence in Darfur, Sudan. The conflict has driven more than two million people from their homes and into overcrowded camps. As many as 300,000 people in Darfur have been killed – 500 deaths occur each day.

You Know the OPRAH does great things with money, she actually goes to Africa to make sure that the money we donate to her many organizations and groups actually does make a difference so go visit Oprah.Com and see what you and your community can do to help her as well. I am providing a link directly to Oprah (dot) com website.

It takes a village to care for a community, so let's do something BIG. I may not be able to do anything alone, be WE can do something big together. Go out into your communities and get your friends together and let’s start something. I know with certain "Key words" high lit on this blog, that that will bring some additional traffic, but I also encourage you to blog along with me. Let's take some time to write about the world instead of our daily ritual of stuff that seems so insignificant to the greater bigger picture.


It's time to STOP the Wars
It's Time to Start caring for Humanity
instead of ignoring it

It begins with ME
It begins with YOU
It begins with US
It begins with One Step at a time
One Dollar at a time
One BLOG at a time

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