Monday, July 16, 2007

Purpose of this blog

I write this blog not only to provide the occasional commentary on world events pertaining to Darfur, but also to share the stories of life in Darfur as I knew it before the genocide began. My hope is that these creative pieces will grab your attention and make you want to learn more about this region and its wonderful people. They are all based on real life events or people I knew as I lived and played in Eastern Chad.

To save you the trouble of scrolling through months of posts, here is a list of some of my more creative pieces:
A Night Without Gunfire
Evacuation Is Not An Option
The Water Boys
When Is A Chicken Worth Its Weight In Gold?
A Tale of Two Girls
How To Catch A Bat

1 comment:

Matt said...

Dear Scott,

I am writing on behalf of 24 Hours for Darfur, a grassroots video advocacy campaign dedicated to ending the conflict in Darfur and promoting peace and security for the people living there.

Our primary initiative is to collect thousands of personal video appeals from people all over the world. All appeals will be displayed on our website and sent directly to participant's political representatives. On September 16, 2007 we will screen 24 hours of rolling footage at a rally in front of the UN headquarters and at smaller events at halls of power throughout the world - all connected through a real-time online broadcast.

US Presidential candidate John Edwards, Author Samantha Power, Actress Mia Farrow, two former United Nations Deputy Secretaries-General, two former United States Deputy Secretaries of State, and hundreds of private citizens from around the world have already submitted videos. Please join us in speaking out against genocide by submitting a video appeal of your own. Use a webcam to record a video right in your web browser, or upload a video you've recorded offline.

We have also been working with scholars, practitioners, journalists and Darfuris to compile an online video library of educational material related to the conflict. Nicholas Kristof, John Prendergast, several Human Rights Watch researchers, and many others have already contributed educational videos. You can check it out by visiting our website's education section:

For this campaign to make a significant contribution to Darfur advocacy, it needs to be truly global in scope. Having read some of your stories, we sincerely hope you'll lend your voice to the effort.

Kind Regards,
Matt Scarola