so it’s 11:56 on wednesday night… day three of the fast. I’m planning on breaking my fast at midnight.
I’ve just received word that the sudanese forces carried out a bombing raid on North Darfur today. And then this: In an IDP camp in west Darfur they ran out of water completely. I feel tremendously sad. Frustrated by the injustices and and feeling ridiculously small in the face of it all.
Tonight I pass the baton to a hero of mine, peter gabriel who be fasting for the next three days. It’s a sobering thought, the luxury of being able to go back to food and while millions cannot.
I might be an idealist. I might not have a political mind. But I do know that something is off.
And I take a look at a nation of excess, (including my own) and I wonder why we as a nation aren’t involved in what many are calling the paramount international human-rights crisis — the Darfur genocide. Speaking of Darfur during his campaign, Obama said: “As president of the United States, I don’t intend to abandon people.” Yet he is. About genocide, he said, “We can’t say ‘never again’ and allow it to happen again.” But it is happening again.
With the U.S. budget deficit on track to rise to a record setting 1.84 trillion dollars in the current fiscal year, we remain uncommitted to Darfur. As a nation we are literally living on borrowed money, borrowing from the future to pay for the present. And yet, the staggering loss of human life in Darfur is not on our national priority list. With our budget we are declaring what is most important to our nation. In our excess we are abandoning Darfur.
Mother Theresa said this: “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” I am so convicted by her words.
I want to be a part of the solution. I want to laugh with those who laugh, weep with those who weep, and suffer with those who suffer. I have lost much of my childlike faith in the government, but I have a hope for justice still. Maybe God alone can bring about final justice, but in this life I feel we are called to pursue it with our flesh and blood. If Christ was best known for his death, “laying down his life for his friends” then shouldn’t his followers do likewise? serving and loving those in need? These are not things I can do on my own. I need your help. we all need a community to thrive in, to challenge us… to threaten us with abundant living.
This is our world. It’s what you and me and the millions of other souls on our planet make it. This is your darfur, my darfur… Our chance to act or pretend that we don’t care. Whatever your personal religious convictions may be, the tragedy in Darfur is impossible to ignore.