Today thousands of people marched all across the U.S. to protest the genocide in Darfur that has lead to the death of 400,000 people and displaced at least 2 million. This comes in the midst of news that the UN has cut food supplies in half as well as the news of a possible peace deal being signed today. Up here in Toronto one of the planned rallies was under the title of “Scream for Darfur” where people came together in front of QueenÃ¢??s Park in downtown Toronto; the historic site that is home to The Ontario Legislature and Canadian freedom of speech.
The rally was headed up by a few high school students who created the organization: Project Equity. It hosted a few Canadian speakers, amongst them was NDP leader Jack Layton. Usually a moment of silence would be observed for all the victims lost but I suppose it was in part silence which caused so many of their deaths. So instead it was replaced with a few seconds of screaming. I went down there to participate after feeling rather depressed about the whole Darfur affair this past week in particular.
It didn’t change the world but it was cathartic to say the least and hopefully it helped spread some awareness, the only cure to fighting the virus that is apathy.
I took some pictures and a short video of “the scream”…
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