The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and protect the world's most vulnerable children by providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more.
Syed Qadri's insight:
UNICEF has upheld a very significant humanitarian movement in Darfur since it began in 2003. Throughout the years, UNICEF has helped and aided many children and their families with lifesaving supplies and other basic needs. In the past years, UNICEF has had to increase its efforts and provide its work to fill the needs in humanitarian assistance left by the forced retirement of the groups by The Sudanese government and its militia in 2009. It has been reported that 43% of all children in Darfur who were treated for severe acute malnutrition got support by UNICEF's efforts and its aid groups. UNICEF is now currently under "The Last Resort" agreement given by the government in which UNICEF provides all its services in order to help the crisis in Sudan.
UNICEF played a major role in The Translator by helping Daoud uses his skills to show the world and the major countries the crisis going on in Darfur. UNICEF helped displaced villagers find a home, food, and hope in life by helping people recoup from the troubles of war. Daoud says at the end of the book "The leaders of the world can solve this problem, and the people of Darfur can go home, if the leaders see that people everywhere care deeply enough to talk to them about this"(184). UNICEF and Daoud do this work to show to the leaders of the world that Darfur needs help. Lastly Daoud acknowledges everyone that helped
The Magazine article starts off by interviewing two people, a man and a Woman. Both explain the struggles they went to escape from the government and the rebel group attacks. They talk about how they escaped and survived for days without any food and how they saved many through their journey of getting to the refugee camp. Both want the international committee to help solve the problems in Darfur and to help the hundreds of people that are dying day by day. It has been estimated that over 400,000 Darfurian civilians have been killed during the genocide. About half the population has been displaced which is about 3 million of the population in Darfur. Many Humanitarian agencies have been given limited access to provide aid and are hardly able to function due to the Darfur region being extremely dangerous. Now the conflict is becoming extremely dangerous and this is plaguing other regions such as Chad and Central African Republic. Displacing scores of people and threatening to destruct the entire region. The rest of the world has just watched this crisis unfold.
My book connects to the magazine article by talking about the failure of international humanitarian groups to successfully help out the people in Darfur. Daoud uses his skills of being fluent in multiple languages to help bring Humanitarian groups into Darfur and take them to the regions which need the most help. Daoud uses his skills to show the whole world the Genocide of Darfur. The fact that I spoke Zaghawa, Arabic, and English made me useful to the aid people who were streaming into Chad”(68).Daoud attracts many reporters to Africa to help them report on what is happening in Africa. He uses his skills to translate for the reporters and take them across Africa to show them the horror which is taking place in Chad and Darfur. "A few reporters began to arrive,mostly from there African nations, and I wanted to take them into Darfur and show them what was happening"(87). This quote shows how Daoud really wants to shed light on Darfur and the crisis happening in there.
Darfur is located in Sudan. The Translator is set in Darfur when mass amount of genocide occurs. If you were to travel to Sudan and were not accustomed to heat and large amounts of sunlight, I would advise you to wear white clothes all the time.
Documentary from back in 2007 concerning the situation in South Sudan. I do not own any rights or what so ever regarding this video, this is uploaded pure fo...
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The Devil Came on Horseback is a first-person account of the Genocide in Darfur. Ex U.S. Marine Corps Captain Brian Steidle gives his stories and encounters about the violence occurring in Southern Darfur. Captain Brian Steidle participated in the African Union in 2004 to help control the situation in Sudan and Darfur. Captain Brian Steidle displays his change as an Officer, reporter, and activist as he travels through the region Darfur. Captain Brian Steidle was shocked by the Arab militians and how they controlled the genocide in the western region of the country, the Janjaweed have killed the lives of more than 450,000 people in Darfur. Steidle set out to work toward ending this corruption and racial injustice in Darfur by grabbing the attention of the media groups. He started to work toward in bringing racial change not through killing people but through peaceful efforts made by humanitarian groups. His efforts brought him to numerous countries and continents. Steidle captured over a thousand photographs to document, portray, and spread awareness of this crisis to humanity and to defeat the Government in Sudan.
The documentary The Devil Came on Horseback connects to the events of The Translator by connecting to the life of Daoud Hari. Both Daoud and Brian want to show the reality of the Sudanese Government and the Darfur Genocide to the world. Both want to help the people of Darfur by using their skills to get the world attention. "You have to be stronger than your fears if you want to get anything done in this life"(105). Both are scared of the horrors they are witnessing, but both know that they to be strong and help the people around them to do good in life. Also Daoud says “The best way to bury your pain is to help others, and to lose yourself in that"(27). This also shows that both are trying to succumb their emotional pain of the genocide by helping and saving Darfur.
The DARFUR GENOCIDE AT TEN YEARS article talks about the Darfur Genocide having no end to it. It has been estimated that about half million people have died due to the effects of war. Villages are being burnt, wiped off, raped, and displaced due to this ongoing war. Two Darfurian rebel groups called The Sudan Liberation Army and the Justice and Equality Movement,sprung into action and took arms against the government in Sudan. These rebel groups fought for social and political rights in Darfur for its people. The Sudanese government took action against the rebel groups and sent out Arab militias, also known as the Janjaweed which means "Devils on horseback". The Janjaweed attacked villages throughout Darfur. The genocide has destroyed more than 450 villages and caused thousands of civilians to flee their homes due to the destruction happening. Also the article talks about how the UN, AU, and the Darfur government are trying their best to stop the Darfur rebel groups from attacking the government, but they are constantly failing.
My connections to the article The DARFUR GENOCIDE AT TEN YEARS can be drawn from the events of The Translator. Daoud talks about the rebel groups and his countless encounters with them that almost led to his death. "We need to arrive at our destination before sundown or risk attacks by the Sudanese army, or by Darfur rebels aligned with government, or by other rebels who didn't know who we were and who might kill us just to be safe"(5). This shows what is going on in Darfur, many groups are fighting against each other just to rebel against the government. "They are among the three hundred million Africans who earn less less than a dollar a day, and who are often pushed out of the way or killed for such things as oil, water, metal ores, and diamonds. This makes the rise of rebel groups very easy"(33). Rebel groups attack villages for the natural resources the region of the village has. By this 1,000s of innocent village men die and 100's of villages get displaced and or wiped out.
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Syed Qadri's insight:
The Translator by Daoud Hari is a tribesman’s memoir of Darfur. As the story begins Daoud Hari explains his adventures he went through before arriving in Darfur. Daoud explains all the trials/ tribulations he went through to leave Darfur and find good work. When Daoud returns home he realizes that his home country is in total destruction. Children, villages, and traditions are dying out just as innocent people are dying due to air raids and village attacks. Daoud realizes that he has to expose the Darfur genocide to the whole world and help the people of his country to survive. Daoud uses his skill of speaking English, Zaghawa, and Arabic, which he learned in high school to help his people and country survive. Daoud gets in touch with American aid groups in Darfur to expose to the world the genocide of Darfur and to bring gel to the people of his country. The book shows Daouds' adventures as a translator and the troubles he gets into with the Janjaweed.
For my statement of scope I will be focusing on the cause of Darfur genocide in the 2000's, Contemporary cultures/traditions of Darfur, Resistance/ aid groups in Darfur in 2000's. Not many people now about the genocide in Darfur, which is killing thousands or people and leaving thousands homeless. “The village was mostly gone—sixty or so scorched black spots where a whole world once celebrated”(60). This genocide is ruining villages where sacred traditions, cultures, and religions used to be practiced. These villages meant the whole world to the tribesman, but gunshots and bombings are ruining the lives of these people. “The fact that I spoke Zaghawa, Arabic, and English made me useful to the aid people who were streaming into Chad”(68). Aid groups were storming into Chad and Darfur to help the victims of the genocide. Daoud Used his ability to speak many languages to guide the aid groups to the villages that need the most help. Also this shows the efforts of aid groups in Chad and Darfur during the genocide which helped Daoud show to the world the Darfur genocide. "When we caught up with our people we men mostly together with the wounded defenders, going back and forth to the women for the food and for the traditional medicine and teas they would prepare"(146). The men and women f the village might have lost their homes, but they still kept their traditions with them even during a time of bloodshed and death. This shows that traditions are still kept no matter what the circumstance is.
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