I was watching the news the other night when the report came on that the United States was issuing sanctions against the Sudanese government in reaction to genocidal violence in Darfur.
Basically, 31 companies and three people will be prevented from doing business in the United States or with U.S. companies.
The Darfur region has been subject to violence, rape, bombings and murder.
The Sudanese government says the violence is the product of rebels…we say the rebels are backed by the Sudanese government…and Darfur continues to writhe under the never ending horror that is genocide.
So, what now?
It is tempting to turn away from something that feels so out of my control.
But that isn’t really possible, is it?
But it’s not as if media has been consistently putting Darfur in our face. Some local St. Louis papers have provided some coverage. But the lack of urgent coverage by both local and national media sources…unless, of course, a brave movie star straps on a camera…is beyond disturbing.
It seems that we are the puppet and media is the puppet master…that we can only achieve anxious concern if they tell us and we are capable of calming down only after being instructed to do so.
But genocide still happens...regardless of coverage...in defiance of sanctions...in real time.
What next after sanctions?
There is genocide in Darfur.
Is the whole world is watching?
…goes the clock.