In a heartbreaking press conference in the shadow of that collective negation of humanity, the UN, freedom lovers converged to stand with my great friend and colleague, Simon Deng, a former Sudanese slave, to lead the fourth historic walk from New York to Washington, DC, to gain American support for the referendum to free Southern Sudan from the brutal islamization and arabization of the North.
Free Southern Sudan from the brutal, unspeakable oppression of the North. Enough.
Watch the video. The second speaker's testimony was so powerful and terrible, the crowd wept. The crowd was small, too small. I joined with Simon to tell people that there is a jihad in Sudan. A jihad, and that's why people aren't paying attention to this. There have been 400,00 Darfuris killed, two million Southern Sudanese killed, and the human rights establishment is silent. It is because it is a jihad. The elites of the international community don't care when evil is done by non-Westerners. If these good people were victimized, slaughtered, enslaved by whites, the park would have been filled with people.
Despite pleas for humanity and the promise of an independent state, Obama has distanced himself and his administration from the plaintive cries of the brutalized, routed people of Darfur and Southern Sudan.
From September 15 to October 7th, former Sudanese slave Simon Deng, alongside DHRO of the USA founder and President, Dr. Abdelgabar Adam of Darfur, will partner to lead The Sudan Freedom Walk 2010 from New York Washington DC to call attention to the referendum in Southern Sudan, the genocide being perpetrated against the people of Darfur and the continuation of slavery and other horrific human rights violations though out the country.
"We must hold our elected officials accountable to their commitments to bring peace to Sudan," said Deng. Deng was persecuted during the Civil War era between the Muslims and Christians in his homeland. Abducted into slavery by Arab northerners, Deng amazingly escaped and returned to his family after 3 years.
He recently escaped an assassination attempt in New York and was hospitalized for two months. That's what we are dealing with.
My great friend and colleague, former slave from Sudan and now a leading figure in the fight for freedom and against jihad, Simon Deng, commences his Sudan Freedom Walk tomorrow.
I was with Simon on his first Freedom Walk (more here.) The first walk happened in 2006. It started at the United Nations then, and so it begins today. Last time we walked with Manute Bol. I interviewed him here. We have since lost that great man.
Each day of walking will begin at 10am at the destinations listed on the route below. The opening rally on September 15th at the United Nations will start at 12pm and the walk will begin at 1pm.Schedule:
September 15 – Rally at United Nations, New York City, Walk to Fort Lee, NJ (10 miles)
September 16 – Fort Lee to Hoboken, NJ (9 miles)
September 17 – Hoboken to Newark (14 miles)
September 18 – Newark to Rahway (10 miles)
September 19 – Rahway to New Brunswick (11 miles)
September 20 – New Brunswick to Princeton (15 miles)
September 21 – Princeton to Trenton (11 miles)
September 22 – Trenton to Langhorne, PA (17 miles)
September 23 – Event with Newton Friends School, Langhorne, PA
September 24 – Langhorne PA to Philadelphia, PA (20 miles)
September 25 – Rally in Philadelphia and event with Drexel University
September 26 – Philadelphia to Swarthmore (11 miles)
September 27 – Swarthmore to Wilmington (17 miles)
September 28 – Wimington to Newark (13 miles)
September 29 – Newark to Elkton (8 miles)
September 30 – Elkton to Havre De Grace (16 miles)
October 1 – Havre De Grace to Bel Air(15 miles)
October 2 – Bel Air to Parkville (17 miles)
October 3 – Parkville to Baltimore (7 miles)
October 4 – Baltimore to Laurel (19 miles)
October 5 – College Park to Washington (10 miles)
October 6 – Meetings with Federal Representatives
October 7 – Rally on Capitol Hill, Washington DC
I will have the rest of the video and interviews later .......check back.UPDATE: Interview with Simon Deng:
UPDATE: Pamela Hall showed up and has terrific coverage here.UPDATE: For those asking how to donate to this needy cause and know your money will go to the fight, click on the donate button on the button of this page