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    In Darfur, a region in western Sudan approximately the size of Texas, over a million people are threatened with torture and death at the hands of marauding militia and a complicit government. Genocide evokes not only the moral, but also, the legal responsibility of the world community. Under international agreement, a nation must intervene to stop a genocide when it is officially acknowledged.

    "Officially" is the key word here. So far, no nation in the international community has "officially" acknowledged the truth: Sudan is a bleeding ground of genocide. In this void, the Sudanese government continues to act with brutal impunity.

    Thankfully, there are individuals working in human rights organizations who are watching - and witnessing - and organizing, in support of the victims in Darfur. These individuals represent, for all of us, a personal capacity to bear witness to the passion of the present; one candle lit against the darkness.

    However, before one can light a candle, someone has to strike a match: a donation to any of the human rights organizations active in Sudan, contacting your government representative, local newspaper, radio and t.v. station. Our individual activism is essential for the candlepower of witness to overcome and extinguish the firepower of genocide.

    This world has long endured wars that take lives. Let us be part of one that saves them.

    About: The Passion of the Present site is a totally non-profit labor of love and hope - in peace. Thanks for joining the effort.

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  • Our name comes from an essay entitled "The Passion of the Present" that one of our grassroots founders wrote and circulated by email in March of 2004. The blog started at the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School.

    The editors are semi-anonymous in order to keep the focus on Sudan. This site is a resource for a blog-based information community now numbering several hundred interlinked bloggers and sites. Visitors come from around the world. Daily traffic ranges from just under a thousand visitors, to more than eight thousand on days when news attention peaks.

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July 18, 2004

Comments

Mark

Have you heard of ex basketball star Manute Bol, a long time advocate for intervention in Sudan?

He was recently in a car accident. I thought it would be nice to tie an effort to send best wishes to him with/while hightening this campaign. Best, Mark

via Slactivist:

http://slacktivist.typepad.com/slacktivist/2004/07/get_well_soon_m.html

Clarence Russeau

would someone please tell me how i could send the sudan song via e-mail to friends of mine

thanks

Anna Luise

Does anybody know why? I can’t believe that this is really true! But often the things are not as they seem to be in this coloured world…

I Care Enough

I have no idea about this genocide, I don't know what they do to them, I know that they do starve them though. We owe it to the Jews, never allow this to happen again. Never again! Fight against the government until Bush will make a stop to this damned murder of thousands of people. Stop this nonsense.

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