GroundView Productions is presently accepting donations for DAVE's upcoming project in Darfur:

THE DARFUR ACCOMPANIMENT PROJECT PROPOSAL

8124 W. Third Street, Suite 105
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel. (323) 836-6316, Fax (323) 658-6306,
hlp@igc.org

Abstract:

The genocide in Darfur is being carried out through the murdering of unarmed men, women and children while terrorizing surviving women and young girls with gang-rapes and vicious mutilations. These acts are being executed by the janjaweed, an Arab militia who are armed, equipped and under the direction of the Sudanese government. The janjaweed with the assistance of the Sudanese army have indiscriminately killed an estimated 400,000 black Africans in an attempt to steal their land and few resources with the ultimate goal of permanently eliminating them as a race of people within this region.

Those who attempt to escape on foot to refugee camps across the border in Chad are vulnerable to further attacks by the janjaweed and often do not have food or water during the 1-2 week trek. Presently, civilians who do manage to make it to the camps in Chad continue to be targeted by the janjaweed who have also crossed the border and continue their prey upon women and children who leave the camps to collect such necessities as firewood.

The initial phase of the Darfur Accompaniment Project proposal provides a 30-day onsite assessment of the situation in Darfur and Chad including trial runs of providing transportation, food and water for civilians making their way to the refugee camps in Chad and accompaniment for women and children while collecting firewood and other necessities outside the camps. This phase of the project will also include building relationships with local residents and aid workers in the region. By all reports, there are still 100's-of-thousands of people in this vast region that are not under the protection of the international community and as a result continue to be slaughtered, sexually assaulted and disfigured.

The Darfur Accompaniment Project is modeled after peace delegations of international activists who operated within the war zones of Central America during the 1980’s and 90’s. These actions saved lives, helped end wars and provided opportunities of personal growth for activists as well as increased effectiveness with organizing and lobbying on related issues once back home. This type of accompaniment tactic was also successfully utilized by the Human Shields Movement during the 2003 US bombing and invasion of Iraq which proved effective in saving several humanitarian sites from destruction and the lives of all civilians who worked at these facilities. Perpetrators around the world know that killing international activists and aid workers creates unwanted international attention to their deeds; therefore such incidence are avoided.


Goal:

To explore the feasibility of providing accompaniment for men, women and children in harms way within the conflict regions of Darfur, Sudan and Eastern Chad.

Needs:

  • Villages, camps and communities outside the urban centers of Darfur are again being burned and looted. Women and children are raped and killed with impunity. (Associated Press, 11/23/0)

  • Overall, the U.N. says 4 million people in Darfur are currently in desperate need of aid - nearly two-thirds of the estimated Darfur population of 6.5 million. An estimated 2.5 million live in refugee camps in Darfur and neighboring Chad, while others inhabit remote villages, the U.N. says,” (Associated Press, 11/30/06)

  • The janjaweed regularly attack women and girls — part of a Sudanese policy of rape to terrorize and drive away black African tribes. A 12-year-old girl had been kidnapped by the janjaweed and gang-raped for a week; the girl’s legs were pulled so far apart that she is now crippled. (New York Times, 11/26/06)

  • Ismail is a 15-year-old boy and a member of one of the black African tribes now being hunted down by the Sudanese-sponsored janjaweed Arab militia, at first in Darfur alone and now in Chad as well. “After the janjaweed attacked his village and shot his father, Ismail raced forward to cover his father's body with his own. That courage didn't move the janjaweed, who simply shot Ismail as well.” (New York Times, 11/21/06)

  • The genocide that started in Darfur in 2003 is now threatening to topple the governments of Chad and the Central African Republic. If these two countries collapse into chaos and civil war for years to come, then neighboring countries like Cameroon and Niger will be threatened as well -- and the death toll triggered by the Darfur genocide will eventually number in the millions,” (Nicholas Kristof, New York Times, 11/21/06)

  • After arriving at refugee aid camps in Chad, the horror continues. While collecting necessities such as firewood outside the boundaries of the camps, janjaweed who have crossed the Sudan-Chad border shoot young boys and gang-rape and disfigure young girls and women. (New York Times, 3/12/06)

Objectives:

1.         Approximately 400,000 African men, women and children have been killed since 2003 in the Darfur region of Sudan by an Arab militia called the janjaweed. The janjaweed are supplied and supported by the Sudanese Army. African villagers attempting to escape are walking from Darfur to humanitarian aid camps in Eastern Chad. The journey takes one to two weeks without food and water. Accompaniment for these individuals will mean providing food, water, medical supplies and transportation to the refugee camps in Chad. 

2.         Presently, women and girls are being raped and disfigured while collecting firewood outside the aid camps in Chad and young boys are being shot on site by the janjaweed who have crossed the border from Sudan. Accompaniment for these women and children will involve escorting them while outside camps collecting firewood and other necessities.

3.         Another objective of the project is to provide the Humanitarian Law Project and project donors with written reports, photographs and video regarding the progress of the project and conditions encountered. In addition, Pacifica Radio Station KPFK in Los Angeles will air reports from the field. Articles, photographs and video footage will be distributed to media and web sources to assist in further educating the public regarding the humanitarian conditions within the conflict zones of Darfur and Chad.

Budget:

Airfare from Los Angeles to Abeche, Chad and return $2,800
Truck rental and fuel $1,500
Translator/Guide $1,200
Food, Water and Medical supplies $1,000
Total $6,500

 

Staff:

David Lynn, Darfur Accompaniment Project Coordinator, is member of the Humanitarian Law Project’s Board of Directors. David has worked as an activist and freelance journalist in the war zones of N. Ireland, S. Africa, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Chiapas-Mexico, Iraq and Los Angeles, CA.

Evaluation:

At the end of the initial 30 day period, an evaluation will be conducted by Humanitarian Law Project staff, Board of Directors, donors and supporters regarding the successes and failures of the initial phase of the Darfur Accompaniment Project and the viability of continuing and expanding its mission. 

Contact Information

The Darfur Accompaniment Project is sponsored by the Humanitarian Law Project, a 501c3 private non-profit NGO which has consultation status within the United Nations.

Tax deductible contributions for this project can be sent to:
The Humanitarian Law Project
8124 West Third Street, Suite 105
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel. (323) 836-6316

Email: hlp@igc.org

Website: hlp.home.igc.org

Also, please feel free to directly contact the project coordinator,
David Lynn
P.O. Box 366
Union, WA 98592
(253) 225-6571

davelynn@dosmadronas.com

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