Ribbons remember Darfur

Written by Jackie Bischof
September 17, 2007

Posters and graphic photographs accompanied with the words “Don’t Look Away” confronted Witsies as they walked the sunny library lawn stretch between classes and the Matrix last week Monday.

The Save Darfur campaign, run by Wits students, put up the exhibition to commemorate Global Day for Darfur. Committee members Russel Brueton, Benji Schulman and Lusanda Ndzingani manned the exhibition, handing out posters and answering questions from curious students. The pictures and posters, displayed on stands, were accompanied by fluttering ribbons tied onto strings that were strung up between the trees. Students were encouraged to buy a ribbon for 50 cents and tie it onto the exhibition strings or on their arms or bags.

“Each ribbon represents a life lost in Darfur,” says Brueton, chairperson of the campaign. The Ribbon Event is trying to further awareness about the genocide in Darfur, and the ribbons are meant to “visually show people the true extent of the crisis”.

Money from the Ribbon Event goes towards the campaign’s main beneficiary, the Amel Centre for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture, located in Nyala, northern Darfur. According to Breuton, the centre deals with victims of rape who are consequently ostracised by their conservative communities.

Global Day for Darfur is an international initiative run by Globe for Darfur (www.globefordarfur.org). The day aims to “urge the international community to honour their responsibility to protect the people of Darfur”.

Brueton was enthusiastic about Wits students’ response, saying that most people gave donations larger than the 50 cent cost of the ribbon.

The Save Darfur campaign is also selling tickets for Africa Umoja, a stage show being held at the Victory Theatre in Houghton. For every ticket sold, the campaign will receive 25%, which will go to the Amel Centre. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday 3pm shows are between R50 and R200. Tickets for the Tuesday through to Saturday 8pm shows are between R100 and R250. Groups of over 60 people will receive a 10% discount and the campaign will help with the logistics. To buy tickets or for more information about the campaign, phone Breuton on 084 519 0236 or e-mail witssavedarfur@gmail.com.

2 Responses to “Ribbons remember Darfur”

  1. Anoynmous September 17, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    How do I get involoved in the genoicides that are happening in Darfur?

    • jax September 17, 2009 at 5:31 pm #

      Where do you live?

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