Youth United for Darfur invite ALL Chicago citizens to participate in the Youth United for Darfur rally that will take place at the Federal Plaza on April 19, 2009, at 1:00pm as the culmination of a Chicago-wide fundraising effort, lasting 10 weeks. Through raising awareness in their local communities, student activists will support the ENOUGH Project's Sister Schools program, which provides educational opportunities in eastern Chad to children displaced by the Darfur crisis, and the local Sudanese Community Center that meets the human service needs of Illinois residents of Sudanese descent.
Debate became heated Tuesday evening as students, faculty, and locals gathered for a heated debate about the role of international cooperation in the Darfur genocides.
The event, sponsored by the Institute of African Studies and was moderated by Law School faculty Co-Director Peter Rosenblum, Herbert Lehman Professor of Government Mahmood Mamdani, and John Prendergast, co-chair of the Enough Project and member of the board of Save Darfur Coalition. They debated divisive issues such as the number of deaths in the region, whether the genocide should be approached politically, economically, or militarily, and who should implement peace and how it should be done.
The stories are beginning to trickle in from displaced-persons camps in Darfur: increasing hunger, epidemics and -- the quietest killer -- a shortage of water in the Sahara.
Last month, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. His response was to expel international aid agencies that provide a lifeline to Darfurians, and with that, "never again" is being made into "once again" through a continuation of genocide by other means. But Mr. Bashir's deadly gambit provides an opportunity.