Earlier this week, I came across this post over at One Hook Wonder. It speaks of the horrors currently going on in the Darfur region of Sudan. I realize this is not news to most. We've all heard of the pain and suffering- the villages where 100% of the women and girls have been raped, the men and boys killed, the extreme poverty, starvation, warfare and despair. I've discussed and lamented the situation with others, I've signed petitions, worn bracelets. But, there's a new image of the suffering burned into my psyche that's called me to further action.
There are babies dying of starvation and dehydration because their mothers' breast have been purposely burned so they can no longer breastfeed them.
Perhaps it is the fact that I have birthed and fed at my breast my own baby, that allows me to see, afresh, the pain these mothers are enduring. The evil that is being perpetrated against them.
Sadly, when these women and children reach the refugee camps, they still aren't out of danger. In order to feed their families, the women and girls, must leave the camp to find firewood for their cooking fires. When they leave the camp, they are often (even the young girls, mind you) raped.
So, what can we do? Well, aside from pressuring our elected officials to take action, we can supply these women with solar cookers, so they can stay within the relative safety of the refugee camp and still feed their families. Jewish World Watch has a relief project set up to do just that. $30 buys two cookers, two pots, two pot holders and skills training for the women in the refugee camp. Please take a look at the website, and if so moved, think about donating.
It's Pete's and I's goal for the year to make a charitable contribution for a cause we believe in each month. So, we begin in January, here, with the Solar Cooker Project. We hope you don't mind, as we share with you each month, the causes/relief groups that speak to us. We hope too, that you'll likewise share with us that which moves you to action.