Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sudan Humanitarian Crisis

So I just got off the phone with a friend of mine.  We were talking about our friend who is currently in Sudan in a refugee camp as a part of a humanitarian campaign with Doctors Without Borders.

Want to have your mind blown?

A typical day for him is waking up with four inch long roaches climbing on all of his stuff, scorpions on the bed, snakes on the floor of the tent.  Then, if he's not suffering terrible diarrhea or other sickness, he's working as fast as he can to help people survive.

Sanitation is a disaster.  They have no idea about waste disposal.  You have to literally tell them to bury it so that they won't kill everyone.

Warlords send out gangs to terrorize everyone.  The camp has these ditches that you have to dive into when the gangs start firing assault weapons.

Part of the job involves having babies die in your arms.  Sometimes there's nothing you can do for them.

There's a huge manpower shortage and the local refugees are able-bodied and willing to help but they don't know how to read and they don't understand basic math.  So when you explain dosages and times for administration they often get it wrong and people die.

This is for real and it's happening right now.

Please check out this video to learn more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iy7sbagRV-A

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  1. He has a hard job, but thankfully there are those out there like him who are called to do this, he will be blessed... Thanks for sharing, you will never hear about this on the news, this stuff has been going down in Darfur for what now? Over 10 years? Sad reality, and when you think about the reasons America goes to war, usually under the name of "humanitarian cause", these people are not on the list. In this case, if you have the ability to help you can help, other than that, all you can do is pray, because the powers that be could care less about these peoples situations.

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    1. It's almost like it's being purposefully suppressed. Apparently my friend is one of the main people in a documentary that's coming out. So I'll try to post a link to it when it's available. People need to know what's going on.

      I was talking with my wife about it just now. She asked why Africa is in such bad shape. And the answer is racism. European colonists have imposed things like apartheid, the Cold War involved certain countries installing dictatorships rather than building up infrastructure. Global racism has kept these people in the dark.

      If we could just teach them hygiene, math, reading...these things could save millions of lives!

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