April 27, 2008

Darfur and Tibet ask 'Am I Not Human?'

Whether your are a blogger or a blog reader ... our hope is that you will join us on the 27th of each month to participate in our 'Am I Not Human' campaign. We often get caught up in our day-to-day lives or in the latest diversions in the presidential elections. Sometimes, we simply aren't aware of the atrocities being committed against human beings in places like Darfur, Tibet and elsewhere.

Sudan, the historic Nubia, is the largest country in Africa. Darfur is roughly the size of Texas. Sudan scarred having fought a civil war for 21 years that killed millions of people. Unfortunately, Sudan is an oil country with 70% of its oil derived revenue fed to the military while the Darfurian people starve. China is the largest stakeholder in Sudanese oil, purchases 70% of Sudan's exports and is Sudan's largest supplier of arms. China has major clout with Sudan. Yet, we have seen over 400,000 Darfurians senselessly murdered and 2.3 million have been displaced. The people of Darfur ask a simple question, 'Am I Not Human?'

Tibet was administered by Llamas (Tibetan Buddhist high monks) as a free and independent state from 1913 to 1950. In 1949, the People's Liberation Army of China invaded Tibet as a part of their cultural revolution. Millions of Tibetans have been murdered as a direct result of the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet. Tibetans are not free to openly practice their their religion. The Dalai Lama is considered by China to be a terrorist instigator. Tibetan buddhists consider him to be the reincarnation of Buddha. However, speaking of him or possessing his photograph is torturously punishable by Chinese law. China recently renewed its crackdown of Tibet as a result of recent protests. The people of Tibet ask a simple question, 'Am I Not Human?'

I hope you take action! Download our E-book to see a number of ways to take action. Stop supporting businesses who support rapists, torturers or murderers. Do your research. Visit links here, here or here to see what you can do to hold inhumane criminals accountable and stopped flat.

Are you up to supporting this human rights campaign on the 27th of each month? What say u?


Danielle said...

Excellent and concise post, my friend.

This campaign is on it's way! I read today that China will be meeting with a representative of The Government of Tibet in Exile due to the pressure applied to Beijing. This really shows how scared they are.

There was a quote however from the Chinese government that continues to accuse the Dalai Lama of disrupting the Olympics which is far from true.

It is the humanitarian groups and in a small part we too that are applying the pressure from afar.

Let the drumbeats for humanity continue to grow.

Much love


Cooper said...

Do you know of a place where the image for "am i not human" can be downloaded in a sharper form?

Villager said...

Danielle - Most of it came directly from your eBook! I look forward to working with you, our blog readers and other bloggers on this monthly campaign!

Cooper - PurpleZoe created the image. She would be your best source...

Cooper said...

I'm heading there now, I did a couple of posts, of course I post daily on Darfur, but also am not sure where this originated from so put the roots link.

PurpleZoe said...

Fantastic post. Thankyou for cross-posting it at Roots of Humanity.

Shine on Villager

Villager said...

PZ - My understanding is that the Am I Not Human? campaign will continue on the 27th of each month. Our focus on May 27th will remain on China/Darfur/Tibet human rights violations. Do I have it right?

Cooper - You post on the topic of Darfur daily. What information would you like to see better understood by the American public as it relates to the Darfur situation? What action steps would you like to see us emphasize in the coming weeks?