Friday, November 28, 2008

Darfuri Design

Al-Ghali Yahya Shegifat, president of the Association of Darfur Journalists, joins in tent painting with family and Lou Ann Merkle of Darfur Alert Coalition.Al-Ghali was imprisoned and tortured for several months for the crime of speaking the truth about Darfur. The Darfur Alert Coalition led an international campaign of human rights organizations to persuade the Sudanese government to release him. After his release, and despite death threats, Mr. Shegifat continued to speak out about the genocide in Darfur.

The tent above & others were exhibited in Washington, DC at the Tents of Hope November event. The Darfur basket is available through the Amber Chand Collection. They make great gifts & support the individual artists (members of the Darfur Peace & Development Organization's Women's Center in Kassab Camp). They are elegant & strong, just like the women who create them.

We hope you will consider either buying a basket or sending a small donation to DPDO for the schools, women's center, or solar cooker programs. Those in the camps know that people outside of Darfur are aware of their situation & this knowledge really does help. Thank you for the continued support.