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Camp Darfur

Sudan: Why Should I Care?

When I recently began an advocacy campaign for the March 5th Camp Darfur event with my fellow Ambassadors, I really did not know what I was getting myself into. All I knew was that it was an issue that needed to be brought out into the open and that I wanted to take part in it. As I started to research and get more involved in this action against genocide, I realized how close to home it was for me.

I grew up hearing how my parents had survived the Vietnam War, but I had never connected the dots that the Hmong, who were hunted and killed due to their involvement with the CIA, were victims of genocide. From this newfound knowledge, I felt more sensitive towards the cause to bring awareness to the situation in Darfur, but more so, on how I can make a difference in the lives of the Darfurians.

At the Ambassador's advocacy table at the Camp Darfur event, Ambassador Song makes her pledge to help the people of Sudan.

With the help of 1-800-GENOCIDE, I was able to do just that. I began the phone call inquiring about talking points I could use while talking with my Legislator, but I learned much more. To my surprise, I was informed that there was an Act being introduced later that week, March 8th, to Congress. This meant that I could instruct my elected official to pass and support this Act. I could not have asked for better timing. This Act, the Sudan Peace Security and Accountability Act of 2012, will help stop the injustice happening in Sudan and much more. More information can be found here:

With this newfound knowledge, I have had the privilege of not only letting my Legislator know my thoughts about genocide and Darfur, but to also ask for their support on this Act.

Now I challenge YOU to do the same.  What better time to stand for a cause than now?  It is only ONE phone call away!  Call 1-800-GENOCIDE today.

-Ambassador Song

P.S. Check out the Pledges made by other Fresno State students at the Camp Darfur event here.

Picture the Change: Camp Darfur Now Posted!

A student makes her pledge after attending Camp Darfur on March 5th.

Picture the Change photos from Camp Darfur have been posted! To view them, click on “Picture the Change” and select Camp Darfur, or just click here.

To learn more about Picture the Change, click here.

Take a moment this Monday

When the word “genocide” is uttered, most people, including myself, automatically think of brutal crimes from years past that we only read about in history books. Shockingly, this act continues to take place even today in various locations around the globe, such as Darfur, Sudan.

Learn more about the tragedy of genocide at Camp Darfur.

Do you find this devastating?  Would you like to get more information and help put a stop to this destruction? In an effort to raise awareness about the Darfur Genocide, USU Productions is hosting Camp Darfur, a traveling display of tents representing six different genocides, on campus Monday, March 5.  The event starts at 10 a.m. and lasts until 4 p.m.  Survivors and relatives of survivors of past genocides will speak between noon and 1 p.m.  Come by the Memorial Court, south of the Kennel Bookstore, and check it out.  Make sure to stop by the Richter Center Ambassadors’ Advocacy table and learn what you can do to help stop this destruction.

This is your chance to make an impact!

– Ambassador Kayla

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