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Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Blogging an ongoing disaster
The International Rescue Committee, a highly respected Non-Governmental Organization -- by the way that's kind of a dumb term. My elementary school is an NGO -- that rates highly whenever charities are compared or rigorously monitored, is deeply involved in Darfur at the moment. (If that isn't a situation calling for a rescue committee...)
Using the advent of Web technology in all corners of the world, they're now getting the word out not only about the disaster but about all the good work that donated money is doing: they've got a blog going, written by an aid worker in the field. That's right, apparently Darfur has Internet access? Could this be? Anyway, the blog isn't navigated in the usual way; use the Next and Previous links at the top to move between entries.
All very interesting. Particularly the fact that IRC and others are giving locals a chance to do more than eat and be sheltered. They're loaning cameras and displaying the resulting photos. They're looking at art work. They're sitting down and talking about lives and dreams. It's pretty great.