I just joined Stand Canada in support of Darfur.


My sister Greta has been involved with them for quite a while. I on the other hand am just awakening to modern technology, the world around me and looking up from the role of mother long enough to see my surroundings. What kind of a world do we live in when we can have such incredible differences between countries? It blows my mind that somewhere out there right now millions of people are suffering, live in utter despair and have no hope of ever getting out of the hell they are living in. To think even for one minute that it doesn’t concern us is ridiculous. Life is hard, at least we here in the western world like to tell ourselves that, but it is sweet like honey compared to the atrocities the people of Darfur have to live through. I live in Iceland in case you don´t know and I was recently speaking to an ambassador from another country. We met at a cocktail party and began to chat. He mentioned to me that he had been stationed in a country before coming here that was amazingly friendly to foreigners but when it came to neighbouring tribes the racism was rampant. They hated people from other tribes. Treated them badly and considered them less than themselves. WHAT???? How does that make any sense? How can you hate someone who you don´t even know. Someone who grew up in the same country as you, someone who has blood running through their veins, loves, laughs and cries just like you. Their only crime is to be from the wrong side of the tracks, or the wrong religion or the wrong tribe. What about the children? If these people are evil does that mean the newborn baby is evil to?

It makes no sense. When I used to live in Winnipeg there was a couple who lived across the street from me. They did not grow up in the same area as I did, were not of the same religion, had different values and beliefs than I did god bless them. They were amazing people, and through their church sponsored 3 children from Sierra Leone to come to Canada to be with their uncle who was living in Winnipeg t the time. They did not know these children, they only knew this man through their church but they felt the need to help them. These children were brought from a refugee camp where they had been for quite a while. They had lost their parents and family in an attack on their village. People with guns had come out of nowhere  and killed everyone they could find, they shot them where they stood. Luckily these children ended up under the dead bodies of their parents. (Did I just say luckily?) I can barley think about it without tearing up. They were then found along with a few other children by a woman who had escaped and had to walk for weeks to a refugee camp. These children did not speak about what happened to them to the other children at school. When the other parents found out they all offered whatever help the family needed. This is my version of what I found out from the sponsor family and from the school. We really will never know what they had to suffer. Just like we can never imagine what the people of Darfur have to suffer every single day.

Why do we feel outrage for the people that suffered in the concentration camps and not the people suffering genocide, rape maiming in Darfur. Didn´t we learn from the survivors of the camps that this should never be allowed to happen again. What about Kosovo. Do we really believe that war and genocide will never affect white society again? Give your head a shake. Do we look past the situation there because they don´t have any natural resources that we want? Are we only driven by money, have we lost any semblance of compassion?

I for one am ashamed that this is happening, my heart bleeds for them, tears run down my cheek at the thought of what is happening over there. But who cares how I feel, what matters is what I do, and what you do. What matters is ACTION! Do your soul a favour reclaim a little bit of compassion and humanity and join Stand Canada; it costs you nothing but a moment on the computer, is that too much to ask?