Songs for Sudan

May 11th, 2008 by Rosalind Murray

Singing sorrow in this poem/song edited from newspaper articles on Sudan

Song for Sudan


The government - humiliates - to - Wipe - OUT

black

slave girl

5 to 6 men raped us in rounds - could not forgive me - disowned me

where the men are - skin darker than ours

It is not in the culture of Sudan

It does not exist.

Singing sorrow My zone of emergency is the genocide happening in Sudan, where the black African population are being wiped out and especially the rape crisis affecting the women and girls in Sudan. When women taking refuge in camps leave to search for necessary food or water, they run the risk of gang rape and mutilation by the Janjaweed. Amnesty International says rape is used as a weapon of war in Sudan. The Sudanese government denies this is happening or that they are involved. Women who report violent attacks risk consequences in their communities and with the law. I want to sing sorrow to acknowledge the plight of African women and for the black African community, Christian and Muslim who are being murdered, raped and violently wiped out. Keening was a tradition in the past, where women used voice to mourn the sorrow or death. I want to use my voice to acknowledge what is happening in Sudan and open up a space of awareness, mourning and dialogue.  I gathered texts on the internet. Many of my selected articles were by New York Times reporter Nicholas D. Kristof. I edited the texts to create poems to sing for sudan.

“The Sudanese government and the Janjaweed militias, an Arab supremacist movement, have been carrying out a horrifying campaign of ethnic cleansing against African tribes. Some 2,700 villages have been destroyed, and as a result of the violence and the related starvation and disease, some 250,000 Sudanese have died, most in 2003 and 2004, and another two million have fled to refugee camps. The Bush administration has called these atrocities a genocide.”

Andrew S. Natsios, U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan in 2006-7 and Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development in 2001-6

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