Oftentimes, as students, we feel as if we do not have voices in the many global issues that are happening today, such as the Sudanese genocide. However, we do not have to be silent We may not have much money to donate, or much time to give, but there are equally as important ways to take part of the world we live in.
Educate yourself: Before we began the project, we only knew as much about Darfur as we had heard on the news. Reading books, newspapers, listening to the radio, and simply googling any term you are unfamiliar with, forces you to think about the issues at hand. The first step to making a difference is by eating up as much information you can get you hands on.
Here are some books you may be interested in:
- They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky : Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, and Benjamin Ajak
- Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide: Gérard Prunier
- Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival : Jen Marlowe, Aisha Bain, Adam Shapiro
Inform others: Promote awareness! Once you have a better understanding of the conflict, tell others about it. There are people who do not take action to help Darfur only because they do not know about it. The more people know, the more pressure will be put on global leaders to take action.
Take action: Start a student chapter of a coalition in your own school. Get a stable group of friends or supporters and begin holding meetings about the issue. Brainstorm ways you can be helpful whether it's joining with a larger group in the city or organizing an event. Anything that you do is helpful, because you are now causing another person to think with every action.
Some websites to look at (Check out the links for youth):