Partial close of Darfur Herald

11 11 2010

Although Darfur Herald has been slow in its number of posts lately, the number of views/readers of posts has still been very low even in a ‘season’ of moderate post numbers. Darfur Herald will no longer post articles and article summaries. Only major article summaries, opinions and any important announcements will be posted here. News will be posted on Darfur Herald’s Twitter, as well as links to any posts from here.

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My Darfur Awareness video; DarfurHerald Twitter is back!

9 09 2010

I have created an ‘awareness video’ or photo essay, accompanied by music, for the Darfur crisis. It was very time-consuming because I wanted it to be just right. I want everyone to see what it is like in Darfur now. As I developed the ‘film’, seeing those images and making them into a video journey of sorts that was very emotional. I hope you will find this video emotional too.

I have also brought back the DarfurHerald Twitter. New updates from this blog will be added, or want to add a quick “news brief” I’ll post it right to my Twitter. The DarfurHerald Twitter is here or at the links to the right.





Six killed in refugee camp

6 09 2010

Six people have been killed during violence in the Hamidiya camp. According to peacekeepers, gunfire broke out on Saturday and although their is no official report on who begun the violence, rebel forces claim that government forces attacked the camp. (On Friday, the Sudan Liberation Army accused the government of attacking the Tabra market, killing 50 people and injuring up to 150 more).

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Also, if you have been following the case of Ashtiani, the Iranian woman accused of adultery and involvement in her husband’s murder, it is not getting better…period. There is no justice for women. I am writing to President Obama. Hopefully words speak. Will it get read? Probably not, but there’s always hope; better than doing nothing. I encourage you to write to a government official also.





‘God Grew Tired of Us’: A Recommended Book

30 08 2010

God Grew Tired of Us by John Bul Dau is a riveting and emotional memoir/autobiography about a man who had to run away from his village in Sudan during the civil war in the early 1990’s. He went from camp to camp, running with the “Lost Boys” who also had to leave their families, many of which who were injured or even killed. He went through injury, hunger and fear and though he often went on the edge of despair he never gave up–he kept turning back to despair. Then he and many other Lost Boys (and some of the few girls who made it) were allowed to immigrate to the USA. He soon learned and worked hard how to “become an American” but never forgot Africa.

It’s an excellent book. The theme is largely about believing in God and always staying true to the Christian faith,  but John Bul Dau’s story, along with historical information about the Lost Boys and the Sudanese civil war, and the inspirational messages woven into the story, make it for everyone. It is somewhat “slow” near the end and occasionally saccharine but overall is just…great. 🙂 God Grew Tired of Us is also a documentary but I haven’t seen it yet.





Flooding in Pakistan? Spread the news & help

23 08 2010

I’ve heard a lot from Care2.com about the flooding in Pakistan. Mainly, why isn’t there more awareness and more help? Is the generally negative image of Pakistan’s people and culture keeps us from wanting to spread awareness/pray/donate? I’m not attacking anyone personally or saying that’s what it is, I’m just contemplating. But not all of Pakistan is what you see on the 5:00 news…there are good people just like you, mom, dad and kids, grandparents, newlyweds, people trying to get out of these floods.

Why am I posting this here? I am just amazed at what is happening. This is a surprise.

Just a little like Darfur.





I’m back!

14 01 2010

I’m back after a busy season of wedding(s), personal issues and changes, and pet problems….

I’m also announcing that Darfur Herald will be a temporary update blog about the Haiti disaster as well.

I am praying for the victims, donating and encouraging all of you to do both as well.

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Be informed: Gender violence

25 11 2009

Gender violence is one of the greatest threats in the horrible Darfur saga–women are raped and mistreated as they try to go about their normal, daily lives. Fortunately, “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” , a campaign created by Save Darfur, features a page full of personal testimonies and information about gender violence against women in Sudan/Darfur. There’s even a link so you can stay informed.

I pray for all women who have gone through the trauma of rape, for their healing—but I pray, because Darfur is my mission and passion–especially that this may end.

The author is not affiliated with the featured charity and receives no personal or financial benefit. The
charity and its associated campaigns and interests are mentioned for personal education only.