Tuesday, February 28, 2006
  Darfur Crisis Deepening
Just when it seems like things couldn't get worse.... news from Darfur is that the Jangaweed militias are no longer limiting their raids to the Darfur area, but have intruded into Chad as well. I know the US is trying to get the UN to act on this -- to send forces to stop the violence, since the Sudanese government not only won't stop it, but appears to be fueling it and providing arms to the militias. I hope to God they do take action -- how long are we going to sit around and watch a group of armed thugs kill people! It's not as fast as Rwanda was, but it is getting to be just as deadly.

The whole thing is sickening. Especially in light of yesterday's post about deattachment and controlling one's greed, lust and anger... Prophet Muhammad taught us that controlling one's anger is the greatest jihad (gee that seems to have been forgotten in the upheaval over the cartoons). And he taught us not to kill, maim, plunder, lie, etc. He said that even in conditions of war (which this isn't, this is just rampaging) not to destroy crops, building, women, children and old men. Clearly these jangaweed are not heeding anything in their religion.

I read a report about a man who was killed as he tried to keep the militia from burning his millet and sorghum field. His wife, just 20 years old, was left with her three children, and nothing else. It just breaks my heart to read about this man -- trying to save his crops to feed his family. How can you kill someone like that?
That is absolutely heartbreaking.
When a group starts burning crops and killing innocent people, it seems that they are literally "asking for trouble." They are itching for a fair fight.

Showing them the rules and boundaries of the world by meeting their force with force, will only do them a favour.
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English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
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Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
Writeous Sister Aminah Hernandez, she's got some excellent latino pieces and always has good writing info on her blog.
Sister Scorpion aka Leila Montour - Leila is a fount of energy, quirky humor, and bad attitude. She's also a talented poet.
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Louise Marley Another great writer. I think Louise is one of the best sf writers exploring faith themes.
Ink in My Coffee Devon Ellington (who has numerous aliases) who is also the editor of Circadian Poems. A truly inspiring woman with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
The Scruffy Dog Review This is a new e-zine with an ecclectic mix of fiction, poetry, and non-fic, some really enjoyable pieces here.
Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
Circadian Poems A journal of poetry, new stuff up all the time.
Ye Olde Inkwell Michelle writes romance and is one of my writing buddies.
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