Thursday, May 15, 2008

Human Rights - The Children of Darfur - Ron Haviv Captures The On-Going Humanitarian Crisis


(Three young girls set out from a refugee camp to gather firewood)
Photograph by RON HAVIV.
Haviv gives viewers a haunting look at life among the civilian children of this desert region, who have endured years of hardship and brutal civil conflict. Young girls and women risk their safety daily while performing acts of survival such as gathering water and firewood. The photograph of the teenager in the red scarf who is shown with two of her friends was terrified every day, reports Haviv. Yet she felt it was her responsibility to leave the camps in search of food for her family, despite having been attacked and raped in previous excursions.
Photography is one of the few ways of bringing such stories to distant hearths. Award - winning Photojournalist Ron Haviv was asked by UNICEF to travel to Darfur to try and capture the daily life of children.

The situation in Darfur is urgent - between 2 and 400,000 have died, 2.5 million have been displaced from their homes, and 4.5 million people in Darfur and hundreds of thousands in the neighboring countries of Chad and Central African Republic are at risk of starvation, disease, and further attacks.
To find out more information about the crisis in Darfur or learn about ways you can help visit these websites -
24 Hours For Darfur
Amnesty International USA
Unicef - Unite For Children
Not On Our Watch
Go Bloggers Unite!!


love.boxes said...

I don't understand this situation very well even though I have listened to several NPR programs on the topic. .. It is interesting to learn that a lot of these horrible conflicts are the result of ugly prejudices that just don't need to occur if people could just be a bit more loving and tolerant. It's a terrible tragedy.

Abby said...

Beautiful photography that shows a horrifying situation. I can't imagine being so scared to simply leave my home and go find food. No one should have to live like that.

Ashley L. said...

stunning pictures.
thank you for helping create awareness. i feel like these kinds of stories are too often forgotten. i appreciate and am inspired by your post. thank you!

Penny Ronning said...

Thank you for sharing these photographs and thank you for this post.

M.KATE said...

fantastic post Sabina, I did one on Tonle sap and the poverty beyond my imagination, come and visit angkor wat too :)

happy weeeknd

Dave Donelson said...

Excellent pictorial comment. Darfur is an indelible stain on the name of humanity. Thanks for your thoughts on this important human rights issue. As the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights reminds us, “…recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

Dave Donelson, author of Heart of Diamonds

Stacey said...

Thanks for posting this... I never thought that when we moved to Portland that my girls would have so much exposure to the refugee crisis that is taking place around the world just by attending school in SE Portland. In Addisen's class alone, 5 out of 20 of her classmates are refugess, 2 from Rwanda, 2 from Somalia, 1 from Burma. The boy from Burma is Sammy and he is crazy - funny. I totally adore him. He talks a lot and when we go out on field trips he's always trying to get in trouble just so I'll notice him. All of the refugees in Addisen's school have come to Portland with the aid of the UNHRC. If this wasn't enough, Alexey has a good friend named Thunda that is also from Burma, she walked for weeks to make it to safety before the United Nations brought her and her family to the U.S. Many of her family members died, but she is always smiling.


Sabina said...

Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments and emails!!

Let's all go out and make the world a better place!!

Janet said...

These photos are heartbreakingly gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

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