Sunday, November 19, 2006

Voices For Africa

Voices for Africa is a project organized and made possible by Linda D. Delgado (Sister Widad), owner of Muslim Writers Publishing

Voices for Africa contains poetry contributions from Muslims and non-Muslims alike. It also contains awesome photography!

Voices for Africa gives voice to people who in many cases cannot speak out for themselves.

For a FREE download of the booklet, click on the link below the picture above. You are encouraged to put Voices of Africa on your website or blog. You can distribute it to anyone you want. The only thing asked is that Voices of Africa is distributed WITHOUT CHARGE to others. Why? Because Voices of Africa is a gift. It is a gift to Africa and to you. Enjoy! It is absolutely breathtaking!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Left to Tell

I just finished finished reading this wonderful book. When I saw it in my book club catalogue, it caught my eye because of the powerful effect that the film Hotel Rwanda had on me. After finishing Left To Tell, I watched Hotel Rwanda a second time. I thought that the film packed an emotional punch the first time I saw it, but I was not prepared for the feelings I experienced when I viewed it again. Left to Tell is Immaculee Ilibagiza's personal story of survival during the genocide of over 1 million Tutsi by the Hutu Interahamwe in 1994. Over 1 million people ... slaughtered in roughly 3 months.

It left me asking myself a simple question: "Why?" After the Holocaust of World War II, the world promised, "Never Again."

But it did happen again after the World War II Holocaust - and not only in Rwanda ...

In 1988, in Halabja, Iraq - on Bloody Friday when Saddam Hussein murdered innocent Kurds ...

And again in 1995, in Bosnia - when Slobodan Milosevic ordered an ethnic cleansing in Srebrenica ...

And again in 2004, in Qamisho - when the Syrian government ordered the massacre of Kurds ...

And present day, in the Sudan, in Darfur - the Janjaweed killers are murdering and raping under the protection and blessing of Omar Hasan Ahmad Al-Bashir.

Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor said, "We have a moral obligation to intervene where evil is in control."

When will the world keep its promise?