Via Kevin Drum, local blogger Blue Girl, Red State talks about a friend’s visit to Darfur:
What she dealt with daily goes beyond the pale…beyond the nightmares of most people; Children with all four limbs hacked off right above the knee or below the elbow. Twelve year olds who died in childbirth after being gang-raped by the Janjaweed. Women who gave birth to rape-babies who were then cast out by their families for shaming the family name, leaving only one avenue of survival for themselves and their children after the camps: Prostitution.
What is fucking her up is the desperation, and the fact that she worked herself to death for over a month, and she still didn’t really save anyone. Now that she’s gone, it’s like she was never there. Even the ones she helped keep alive, she didn’t save. You try dealing with that reality.
Africa is a mess, and I don’t know the answer. Would a NATO supported African Union mission stop the horrors in Darfur? We won’t know unless we try.
Good luck to the woman, who goes by the handle “Shameless Hussy.” She’s suffering from PTSD after spending a few weeks in conditions refugees live in for years, and she’s caring for her dying grandmother. This is a tough lady, a survivor of the Salvadoran guerrilla war and a veteran of the first Gulf War.