Archive for October, 2009

Darfur Diaries: This Is Not a Nightmare, it’s Reality

October 19, 2009

 Chills ran through my body as I watched the documentary film on Darfur and using my knowledge from my International Studies course along with International Public Relations.  The conflict began  when there was an increase in citizens, farmers, and herders due to the large land.  In 2003, 40, 000 civilians died while there are estimated 2 million people are in refugee camps.  This film featured people who have been separated from their family and leaving all of their belongings.  These victims  are full of life and are proud of their heritage and culture. The Janjaweed, which is the  allied militias that are made up of Arab milita, have destroyed the villages in Darfur, raped women of all ages, and  have murdered civilians. In retaliation,  the SLA (Sudanese Liberation Army) was formed in 2003.  According to some of the victims, the “policy of the government is the problem. They are punishing the innocent and as aresult, the innocent are suffering mental problems. We want our freedom and peace. We formed the SLA to fight against the government for survival.”  The people in the film also felt that the government has humiliated and degraded them.  When the children were asked to draw pictures of what is happening in Darfur, they drew detailed pictures of the  Janjaweed buring their homes, killing their families, and brutally destroying all of what they worked hard for that has been in the family for many generations.  One main character who captured my heart is Ibrahim Yousef who is ten. His dad was murdered and his mother is with him in the refugee camp.  Yousef drew a picture of the Janjaweed (Sudanese Government)  bombing villages. “They came to our village to kill people.”  This film was created by three people to capture global attention since the media refused to discuss this prevalent issue. The children have dreams about the genocide, which is evidence on how big of an issue this is. One victim said that this genocide would never happen in America because we have nations that help us and are a strong country.Imagine you are not being heard by America and you were forced by the government to leave your home that you worked hard to establish leaving behind your possessions and your family is separated; some family members are killed for no reason and others you don’t know if they are alive. Day by day, you wait for this constant battle to end so you can return to your home. What would you do? I think of these children each  day and this issue should be brought to global attention.I’m amazed at how much spirit the children have despite their struggle.

<a href=’\”>’ >Darfur Genocide: A Present Reality

International Interview

October 1, 2009

My interviewee is from Saskatchewan, Canada. When she and her family first moved to Georgia, it was very sad for her daughters because they had to leave behind their friends and relatives.   The main difference between Canadian schools and U.S. schools is that students didn’t say “maam” or “sir” in Canadian schools. She and her family travel often to Saskatchewan during the holidays to visit old friends and family. “It gives my daughters an opportunity to understand that it is okay to have friends in the U.S. and Canada,” she said.  Today, it is still hard to adjust in Georgia coming from Canada because “my high school students still have a difficult time understanding me due to my accent. We do joke around and they do laugh at my accent. It goes the same way, I laugh at them as well,” she said.  She loves the weather in Georgia opposed to Canadian weather that is much colder during this time of the year. The media in Canada is similar to the media in the U.S. “Much of what we see on tv or in the newspaper is the same as the U.S.,” she said. However, marketing and public relations wasn’t that big in Canada at the time they were living there.  “There was a marketing major at the college that I graduated from with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, but not a public relations major, she said.”  Today, marketing and the public relations field is not as prevalent in Canada as it is in the U.S. “I think that a lot of the PR and that sort of advertising comes from parent US companies. There is probably minimal and a bit more in bigger centers like Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary,” she said. Even though marketing and public relations may be in more populated areas in Canada, people with a marketing degree had a difficult time finding jobs in Canada.  She also expressed how much respect she has for the public relations field because “we are the ones who influence the business all around the country because you are mobile and travel to these businesses,” she said.