And so they "beat her with their guns, pushed her to the ground and kicked, punched and whipped her. To this day, the government claims that only 10, people have died in Darfur.
In retrospect, this seems delusional. In the chaos that attended the British takeover, Ali Dinar, heir to the Fur sultanate, seized power in Darfur and reached a deal with the British under which Darfur would be independent once again. Making our voice known on issues we care about is one way that we are able to get involved with politics.
It is not enough for that constituency to demand that the government act.
Steidle and Blaker knew little about Sudan before they went to Darfur on essentially humanitarian missions. While the killing and the ethnic cleansing no longer take place at the feverish pace at which they once did, the genocide continues to this day.
Many were uncomfortable with the use of force. Ocampo grew up in Argentina, and he explains that his country's "dirty war" helped to shape his faith in the power of the law.
War correspondents, high school reporters investigating unsanitary conditions in the school cafeteria, and everyone in between—all are acting on the idea that injustice will be remedied if only it is exposed. It is a terrible thing to admit, but the more information we consume about Darfur, the less shocking each piece of new information seems.
Although Blaker does not say so, anecdotes like these make her book probably the most damning account to date of what many observers have termed "genocide by attrition"—the Sudanese government's policy of killing off African tribes not by marching them into gas chambers, but by disrupting their livelihoods and then systematically denying them access to the medical and humanitarian help they need to survive.
Similarly, it is important that we inspire those on-the-ground in the conflict area. It is hardly unique to Darfur.