27 thoughts on ““Comment on the Darfur Diaries”

  1. The situation of darfurians are critical and they need help. We were lucky for born in a rich country, and having a rich life. Why do we say, “Wow that`s sad“ instead of, ‘what can we do?` We should act more instead of complain about meaningless things. Just as they said, if they don`t fight for freedom, they are just going to sit down and wait for death. So we need to help them in this fight. And you can see that some of that people were smiling, singing and making jokes, because they believe in better days.

    1. Imagine going through that: If that happened here, would we be like that? Making the best out of it, smiling, singing and making jokes? Those people are so strong and instead of just talking about what to do, we SHOULD take action: these people deserve that, more than deserve that.

    2. It was really an eye opener. We’re privileged beyond belief. I mean we have food everyday a lot of times more than we can eat and a roof over our heads. We can go outside without any kind of fear of being killed. They do need our help and we do have the stuff to help them.

  2. Darfur Diaries:
    It seemed just so incredible how after losing pretty much everything, and the only things the people owned was the clothes on their back, they still seemed more happier and positive than most people that live around here. It seems as though due to the fact that we take so many things for granted, and have become so selfish and negative, that we have become far to sensitive to all negative things that happen. As we would give up on life if we were to lose it all, while they keep going with a positive attitude and hope and believe that good things are going to come (which they hopefully do).

  3. Darfur Diaries Comment
    Were are incredibly fortunate to have everything that we have. For example, we have shoes, we have clean air to breathe, we have good drinking water, we have hair ties, clothes etc. Even the smallest of things that we have now could be a great impact on the people in Darfur. They dont have the little things that we have that mean almost nothing to us, they dont even have freedom and barely education for the kids, stop complaining about how Mondays suck, stop complaining about how you cant go to the mall or to the party. Know that if they had your life instead of their life they have now, I bet they would be treating things different and taking pride in what they have. Make sure you realize that.

  4. Watching this really tugs at your conscious, because you get to see and kind of realize how little that these people have: they were robbed of their homes, forced to flee with nothing on their persons. No food, no extra clothing, certainly no personal items. Beaten and exiled, living in makeshift refugee camps…
    And yet, they don’t really complain. They are smiling, laughing, talking about educating the children… they are trying to make the best of what they have. Which really makes you more aware of how much WE complain, and how much we have, compared to these people.
    It’s food for thought.

  5. The struggles those people went through must have been hard on them and their families. I can’t even imagine living like that, without proper shelter, food, clean water, especially without my loved ones. They had everything they needed before the bombs hit, they had at least shelter, food, and clean water, and they had happiness. I don’t understand why this happened to them. They weren’t doing anything wrong, they were just trying to live their lives. I feel sorry for them though, it’s not right that people have to live like that, it’s not fair.

    1. It really isn’t fair we’re all people but some of us are so well off and we don’t even realize it. I’ve never had to go through any of these living conditions and there’s high probability I never will. Since I’m so privileged I should be using what I have to help these people they don’t have necessities never mind having luxuries like I have. They’re smiling and laughing through this traumatic event , they need help and deserve that help. They deserve to have a happy care free life and education for their children like we have.

  6. The documentary was very eye opening. I will admit I was not very into it at first because of the drawings but once I seen the actual people I was more intrigued. I really like how happy they were even though they lost everything, it was very inspiring.

  7. Something I found upsetting in the film was the drawings of the young boy, and how his mind interpreted and showed the members of the opposing tribe carrying guns, dropping bombs from planes, and committing (essentially) acts of terrorism. It really shook me, how much detail the drawings showed, how the boy added his own family’s house underneath the dropped bombs, and I can only imagine how living in such fear, such horrible conditions, can worm it’s way into a child’s psyche and never let go. Here in Canada, we expect child’s drawings to be joyful, messy scribbles of the smiling faces of loved ones and family pets, but for a boy who’s lost many members of his family, and known nothing but danger and struggle, his notebook speaks volumes. Though he might never fully recover from the post traumatic stress, he still deserves a chance to escape this kind of life, as do all of the children who have only known war. This isn’t okay.

  8. watching the movie really made me even more aware of what children and people are going trough. we have lots and lots of things that other would be happy to have but we don’t notice it and just complain or not appreciate it at all. we have clean water, clean air, roof over our heads every night, food in our tummy’s and much more. We still find things we want that we don’t have, in the movie they didn’t have much of anything but still laughed, and told jokes. it was amazing how they still found something to be happy about.

  9. The Darfur diaries shows the realities that many people in Africa are living, the documentary was made in 2004 but in full year 2016 little has changed, the situation remains the same or even worse, is very sad to see the consequences of war and irresponsibly gorverno makes dozens of families already living in poor living conditions, I am impressed with the ability that many people have to destroy dreams, families and the future of many children who dream with their country better. They need our help!

  10. Reply to Darfur Diaries
    The documentary that we watched was very eye-opening. A lot of us don’t realize how privileged we really are. We don’t realize how much we have compared to some people living in poverty. We complain so much about having to go to work, or having to go to school, but we don’t realize how much some people in the world would love to go to work and to school. With everything going on in Darfur, with all of the violence, educating their children is still a huge priority to them. They are still trying to educate their children in their current living conditions. With everything we complain about here in Canada, sometimes we forget to appreciate the small things that we have and to laugh. I found that seeing those people in the documentary laughing and smiling while talking about what they’re going through, was just incredible. They are so much stronger than we are here, with so much less than we have. We are so lucky to have food to eat, water to drink, and a roof over our heads, while some people are spending their days fighting just to survive. The documentary really changed the way I personally see the world. It makes you feel so much more grateful for everything you have

    1. Just imagine everything in their perspective. You have no home, no food, no livestock and no resources. You have nowhere to go. Yet the people who live there are still polite and have manners, what does that have to say for us who has anything and everything we need? We yet want more, and the majority of us are rude. This shows the difference between us and them who have nothing. This shows what greed can do to us.

    2. I feel the exact same way about your blog. The way you expressed your feelings toward this topic really shifted my thoughts for being grateful about the smallest things in life, and made me think of if I was in Darfur and how I would be leaving, I just can’t imagine going through all that.
      You did really goof Dakota, this kicked me into realization.

  11. Reply to Darfur Diaries
    The documentary that we watched was very eye-opening. A lot of us don’t realize how privileged we really are. We don’t realize how much we have compared to some people living in poverty. We complain so much about having to go to work, or having to go to school, but we don’t realize how much some people in the world would love to go to work and to school. With everything going on in Darfur, with all of the violence, educating their children is still a huge priority to them. They are still trying to educate their children in their current living conditions. With everything we complain about here in Canada, sometimes we forget to appreciate the small things that we have and to laugh. I found that seeing those people in the documentary laughing and smiling while talking about what they’re going through, was just incredible. They are so much stronger than we are here, with so much less than we have. We are so lucky to have food to eat, water to drink, and a roof over our heads, while some people are spending their days fighting just to survive. The documentary really changed the way I personally see the world. It makes you feel so much more grateful for everything you have.

    1. You took the words right out of my mouth: You are exactly right. We really take advantage of so many things: Our worst days is still privileged, in many cases. You said that perfectly, and it’s definitely something to think about.

  12. In today society we take so many things for granted. When were in our homes we feel so safe! Having a bomb dropped in our area doesn’t cross my mind. Every single day our brothers and sisters across the ocean are fearing a bomb being dropped on them. Down in Kent County some students here do not appreciate the school. They do not get that not everybody can go to school. When I see their life, they are being bomb, losing parents and family members every day but yet put a smile on their face. They put on a smile and sing and dance. Yet today people wake up on a Monday and instantly hate it because we have to leave our warm beds to go to school to get an education. Watching Dafur diaries made me realize how privileged we are in Kent County

  13. I have to say before seeing this I knew I was privileged, but after I just realized just how lucky I am. I have luxuries I complain about and there’s people living with nothing. I shouldn’t take the things I have for granted because I’m so lucky to be born in this country and have a roof protecting me from rain and meals every day at the very least twice. I should think more often of the people who are lucky to eat anything in a day. Somehow having each other is enough their happy, smiling even singing and yet people like me living a pampered life I complain. This really opened my eyes to just how greedy I am all I do is want when others are in need. I’ll never complain about my pampered life again and I want to help the people in need.

    1. This really touched my heart Catherine, but, I want to know a little more on how we can help these poor countries. I was thinking of possibly having a fundraisers such as food drives, and clothing donations and somehow send it to the people of Darfur.

  14. It’s funny to think that we live in the same world as these people, yet we still have it better than them. We’re all privileged in one way or another, some better than others, but if you contrast our lives with the ones over seas, we always have it better. Why? Because we have a place to call home, we get to eat whenever and whatever we want, and just overall have a sanctuary that we feel safe in. All the little things in life we take for granted, and I personally feel somewhat ashamed to have such a privileged life and take the little things for granted.

  15. The living conditions and the situation in Darfur are really critical. They lost mostly everything they have while Canada just sits on their butts and does nothing to help Darfur. So, I think that Canada should do something. We can provide clean drinking water, clothing donations, and medical care because everything down in Darfur is so sad to see and look at. I’d feel so much better Canada did these things to help poor countries.

  16. these people live their lives in fear everyday. not knowing when the next plane could pass by and drop a bomb but they still manage to keep themselves together and help each other. we don’t realise how bad situations are in other country’s because we were lucky to be born in a country that is safe so most people don’t understand how these people like the darfuri live. we are so lucky to be able to live in such a great country and we should all try and do our best to help as much as we can to save these people. even the smallest action can go a long way to helping someone’s life.

  17. As a teenaged girl living in cozy Eastern Canada I will never experience terrorist attacks caused by my own government. I could possibly end up in dept for the rest of my life with student loans, or possibly suffer from a life-threatening disease; but i will never understand the traumatization of mass bombings in my hometown as do the residents of Darfur. I see far too many people i know complain about the smallest inconveniences they come along, not considering that there are thousands of people out in the world without safe housing, fresh water; those that have lost entire families to needless violence. It’s strange how materialistic we can be, only caring about what we have, the clothes we wear; and ignorant, not thinking of anyone but ourselves, forgetting that there are people out in the world that literally struggle to survive.

    1. It is a terrible thing that there are people who don’t have the same comforts and privileges as we do in the western world there are people who remind us of this information everyday in all kinds of speeches and sorts. But the nowadays there are people who not only remind us of this but that we should hate ourselves and others for having things that less fortunate people don’t have. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t disregard people in places like Darfur or not listen to people telling us to help them, I’m just saying you shouldn’t have to hate yourself if you know you’re a good person.

  18. The situation of Darfur is terrible no matter what way you look at it. Unfortunately it isn’t a new issue, there have been many different situations like Darfur that have been recorded throughout history.

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