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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Olympic Dream for Darfur

The Olympic Dream is one of peace, hope, and connectedness. This is something that the people of Darfur (and many other countries) will not experience as China hosts the 2008 Olympic Games.

The Olympic Charter says

...the goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play. (emphasis mine)

It is for this reason that Save Darfur and others created the Dream for Darfur Olympic Torch Relay. Indianapolis was host to an event as part of the relay on October 14th.

We had over 300 people attend our event to raise awareness of the genocide that has killed at least 200,000 and displaced 2-3 million. Locally we bands, drumming groups, an African dance group, and a stirring ballet called "The Cleansing". Our torch relay included a Holocaust Survivor, High School student, Student from local Jewish Synagogue, Native Americans, person with AIDS, Tibetan Monks, African American woman, and several Darfurian refugees. Our speakers included similar variety and ethnic backgrounds.

It was a powerful event and received excellent media coverage on all the local TV stations and front page billing in the Indianapolis Star. The article also includes some great photos. Nuvo, Indy's Alternative Voice, also had some great coverage, including video. Other pictures are available here and here.

Take action to help end this atrocity.

"Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles."
Olympic Charter, Fundamental principles, paragraph 2

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