Last night Nikki and I went to see a very powerful film. It was none other than The Devil Came On Horseback, a documentary about the atrocities occurring in Darfur. To describe the experience as gut-wrenching would be an understatement.
Three years ago I had no idea about anything that was going on in the Sudan. That is, until I watched an eye-opening episode of NOW with Bill Moyers on PBS. It had explained in vivid detail everything that had been going on in Darfur for many years, and I was surprised that I had not heard of this before. Why was the media so quiet on this issue?
I would like to think that since that day, things have changed a little. I would like to believe that the world is now much more aware of the genocide in Darfur, and that we all want to see action taken against these senseless killings.
The independent gaming community has also taken note of these events and as a result we have one creation which specifically deals with this issue. Darfur Is Dying was difficult for me play, especially after having watched the film last night. Yet it also helps to demonstrate not only the nature of the situation, but persuade the player to act on the experience this game provides. Additional games of a related nature are 3rd World Farmer, and Oil God.
To learn more, you can also visit Enough Project. Additional resources for what you can do to help can be found at Global Grassroots, Three Generations, and HOPE Artists. I know it seems like there is nothing we can do. But there is, just as these two women have proven.