Monday, October 23, 2006

Latest News In Sudan


Source: The Examiner, Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, Februrary 2, 2005
Cartoon by: Nate Beeler
I first posted this cartoon in 2005 after seeing it in The Washington Examiner. Unfortunately, more lives are being lost as I post it again. Please click title to find out the latest news in Sudan. Peace~

13 comments:

African girl, American world said...

I had not seen this cartoon Stephen...whoa!!!!
I need to let it marinate....

Rethabile said...

Yeah, well, I had never seen it, either. What does one say in the face of such "true" truth. I, for one, don't know what to say, although here I am, spectating and comprehending it all.

What it often boils down to is a letter to one's senator or congressman to complain about the way one's country is impotent in the face of this.

Or to one's king/prime minister (in my case) or whomever, but a letter all right.

Bougie Black Boy said...

dayum!

Stephen Bess said...

Mwabi & Rethabile-

Yeah, this is one of a few cartoons that are lamenated and posted around my desk. I've been marinating on for quite sometime.

Rethabile, your suggestion is one that we all need to take. If I write our government, I'll need to find the right words that will convey my displeasure of the way the crisis in Sudan is being handled by the US. I suspect that it is the lack of interest. In other words, there is nothing to gain from helping these people. It seems that our government is only interested in helping in foreign matters only if there is something to gain from it?? Besides, the west is already in control of Africa's precious minerals. Why should they care about genocide? Perhaps I should just say that when I write them.

Stephen Bess said...

Bougie-
Yep, dayum!

Gooders Girl said...

The comments in the pictures should read:

"Call us when they are all dead then we can start digging for oil."

The Dafur reigon has huge oil reserves that's why no one gives a shit.

Stephen Bess said...

Gooders-
I didn't know that about that region. Thanks for the info. There's always a motive.

NML said...

The cartoon is alarmingly accurate. They don't have oil or another commodity for them to go wading in over, nevermind some Europeans so it's not high on the agenda.

Tu s. Tin said...

Africa is so hard to understand.
There are so many militant groups you can't tell who the enemy is most times, and everytime the U.S. tries to help we get blamed for it.
I read the 9/11 attack was in retaliation for our involvment in somalia .... we withdrew and now look what happened to them.

Stephen Bess said...

NML-
According to Gooders Girl there is Black Gold in them hills. I'll have to check into that as well. Thanks.

Tus tin-
I think that there are always factions that are against each other whenever the US steps in. I have to separate myself from our government most times because I sometimes don't agree with the foreign policy.
It is no secret that the West (Including the US) went into Africa and stripped it of it's people (my ancestors) and its natural resources (Gold, diamonds, etc.) and they continue to strip it. Do I think that we as a country are evil? NO. Do I think that there is evil within our ranks? YES. The problem is that some of the people who control the government and the policies do
not have our interest at heart. They do it because THEY want to. An overwhelming number of Americans opposed the war in Iraq, but they did it anyway. Is that the Democracy that the US is promoting around the world?

barbie said...

Stephen
We have a tendency to measure strife in a country by our standards w/o understanding other cultures and theuir history of conflict or what ignites it. While the US has much to be blamed for, we are not responsible for all the world's problems. case in point; Iraq and th esectarian violence in that country. it will no doubt come apart at the seems when the US inevitably withdraws. While suffering of the innocent is not tolerable, sometimes i wonder if people get the kinds of leaders they deserve. Suddenly, Sadam looks more like a peacekeeper than a brutal dictator. You may not agree with his methods but at least there was some semblance of order.

Tu s. Tin said...

I agree Stephen, and it breaks my heart. Africa was once a rich, bright and beautiful place over flowing with Glory. I think you can still see that reflected in the faces of its people. I have asked before, if our government is so worried about freeing the opressed why don't we do anything for hatti? That country is so small and unarmed, it would be easy don't you think? But no we go to Iraq. I posted the pre amble to the constitution not long ago, I hoped someone would translate.... I think it says a country should never attack another country strictly to form a new government because it is struggle that makes people grow into freedom. (or something like that) so it makes me wonder if we made up the WMD threat because what we did is against our constitution.

urban butterfly said...

What's happening in Sudan kinda reminds me of what happened in Rwanda.

Its depressing. =(