As people of faith, the Darfur Interfaith Network (DIN) is dedicated to helping the victims of genocides and mass atrocities and those who have somehow survived and continue to suffer. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing deplorable condition of these victims in Sudan (Darfur, Nuba Mountains, Blue Nile), South Sudan and the Congo and to raise money for humanitarian aid for those who have survived, either in their own lands or in internal displacement camps.
Over the past twelve years over 600,000 people have lost their lives due to violence, disease, and malnutrition and nearly 2.7 million people have fled their homes and villages due to clashes and fighting. Women and children are especially in danger of becoming casualties and have often been specifically targeted. These victims, some surviving in internal displacement camps, live in unacceptable conditions including insufficient food and other basic necessities as well as a lack of security.
In the belief that we are all God’s children, we must care for one another and speak up for those who do not have a voice. The DIN is made up of people from different faiths, races, and backgrounds. Most have roots in local DC area congregations. We are compassionate people from compassionate houses of worship that are ready to take actions to ease the suffering in Sudan, South Sudan, the Congo and elsewhere and to give them reason to have hope for a better future.
While we are not politically motivated, we are motivated by the suffering of innocent people and we will continue our advocacy and fund raising efforts until the surviving victims of such genocides and mass atrocities are able to return safely to their homes and live in peace. We have organized Marches to educate our citizens, and government and advocate for action in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
The Darfur Interfaith Network has raised funds to assist in the building of a kitchen and in providing classrooms with desks and shelving at a school in the border region between Sudan and South Sudan. The kitchen enabled the resumption of daily hot meals for the children through the U.N. World Food Program. Our partnership with Jewish World Watch will now enable us to direct more funding to the on-the-ground needs of suffering people. But we need your personal commitment and support.
In summary, we believe it is up to us to do God’s work in the world today.
Martha Boshnick, Ben Bradburn, Bill Casey,
Marty Ganzglass & Richard Young, Walk Co-Chairs