Sudan: Where to Begin?


Hotel Rwanda.jpgMy wife and I saw Hotel Rwanda recently, and afterward, we both felt like we’d been punched in the gut. We began talking about the genocide going on in Sudan right now and wondering: What can be done?

Here are some things I’ve found that I want to share so that others can explore them further as well:

  • Write letters — It seems insignificant, but this editorial by actor Don Cheadle convinced me that the U.S. government needs to “hear” from us!
  • Raise awareness — Many of us know what’s going on in Sudan, but many do not.
  • Educate yourself — Read the Passion of the Present blog daily. Subscribe to their RSS feed. Check out, as well, for more info.
  • Let your heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God — I highly recommend seeing Hotel Rwanda (as does Brian McLaren) to feel the emotional impact of the injustice that happened a decade ago. You can also listen to Paul Rusesabagina share his powerful story online! The genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan is eerily similar to what happened in Rwanda. The difference is: We can do something about Sudan!
  • Pray for Africa — The genocide in Sudan is one thing. The AIDS pandemic across Africa is another. If we believe that prayer “works,” then we should pray.

What is God putting on your heart to do? God help us if we think “That’s too bad about that genocide” and go back to watching television and do nothing to save lives in Sudan.



Posted on 03-05-2005


  1. Steven Nicholson says:

    March 8th, 2005 at 11:25 am


    Thanks for the link. What a terrible statement that our response to Darfur is shaping up to be not much different than Joaquim Phoenix’s line from “Hotel Rwanda” that you reference here. Africa seems so far away and so distant from our own lives.

    Furthermore, in my experience, a great deal of Christian apathy stems from the fact that human actions are causing these tragedies – war, AIDS, subjugation of women, etc. We’re willing to help if an “act of God” brings devestation – as well we should – but it is quite another story when distant people suffer because of their own actions or the sins of others. You see, it’s their fault now. You know those Africans – always killing each other and sleeping around. Genocide and AIDS – those are their problems brought about by their sin.

    I applaud your efforts to educate yourself and others. I also appreciate that your heart is tender to the things that pain God. Use that pain to spur you into action – and don’t quit talking about it, long after the rest of the world has quit listening. God bless –


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