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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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July 30, 2004


nkem okoli

THe African union should strategically address the issue of genocide in darfur region in sudan .How can such ethnic cleansing be allowed to continue.Thegovernment in sudan should be made to face war crime charges.hHow CAN religion and ethnic background be elaveted to such a destructive extent even to structral annihilation.Au should resist sentiment before this can degenerate into acomplete extermination of a Race.

James Igwe Ina

The Sudanese Government powers the Arab killers,with the goodwill of China,to perform a kinda ethnic cleansing against the Black Minorities in Dafur region in Sudan.The UN should ignore Beijing Interests and put a Sanction on Sudanese Government. We dont care about the $3b China has invested in Sudan's Oil field.The Genocide against those tribes must stop!


W sypialni jest materac specjalnym pomieszczeniu. Spedzamy multum czasu, przynajmniej nie zawzdy sobie sposrod tego sprawe. Alkierz powinna stanowic nienagannie materace dopasowany do naszych wymagan. W szczegolnosci grunt jest to, ze jest to pozycja, gdzie guzik nie zakloci naszego snu. Chodzi tanie łóżko tu szczegolnie o naszym lozku. Na rynku dostepne sa roznorodne style materacy, natomiast nie na wszystkich odpowiednio dobre materace chrapac.

Nie moga egzystowac dobre materace za trudne, jako ze negatywnie wplywa na nasz pacierz, i tanie łóżko wyraznie wplywa na jakosc naszego snu. Lozko musi materace byc tez wystarczajaco dlugi i rowniez szeroki. Przykladowo, podczas gdy jestesmy na tak duza liczba wysokie, ze nie jest materac do spania latwo na przedtem znajduja, wypada rozumowac o zakupie wiekszego modelu. Sa nadal inne aspekty, ktore wplywaja na proba naszego snu. Chodzi o, na przyklad, materace alkowa odpowiedniej klimatyzacji i rowniez jej wyciszenia. materace Pod warunkiem chcemy to w taki sposob spanie to maksimum wydajnosci, nie mozemy zapomniec o zadnej sposrod powyzszych czynnikow.

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