Genocide In Darfur: Why We Should Care with Rebecca Tinsley

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It's never a waste of time reminding the world what's happening in places where genocide is occurring. Each of us is commissioned to speak out and shine a light on these dark atrocities that take place daily around the world. The non-Arab, indigenous population of Darfur, the western region of Sudan, has been in a state of humanitarian emergency since 2003. A genocide is being waged by the Sudanese government, which is considered an authoritarian dictatorship headed by the proclaimed President, Omar al-Bashir. Tinsley has been instrumental in getting the word out about this atrocity. She says, "I was the only journalist there, because, as anybody who knows about genocide knows, the thing you do is create a media vacuum. You stop the press getting in to tell the story." She shares specific ways we can help the people of Darfur. (hosted by Justine Willis Toms)


Rebecca Tinsley is a journalist and human rights activist whose work focuses on Africa. She is a former BBC reporter and has a law degree from the London School of Economics. Her humanitarian charity helps survivors of genocide and war rebuild their lives. She splits her time between California, London, and Africa.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Why Darfur is important and how Tinsley got involved
  • How did Tinsley get into a war zone where no journalists were allowed
  • What is the root cause of tension between Black Africans and Arab Africans
  • How the crayon drawings of children informed U.N. officials as to what is going on in Darfur
  • Why there is no follow-through by nations and the ICC to end the genocide
  • What is the sinister pattern of rape as an act of war
  • What can individuals do to help Darfur
  • Why is it important for us to study history
Host: Justine Willis Toms     Interview Date: 5/20/2011     Program Number: 3402