Monthly registered refugees receive food distribution from the World Food Program and partners. This includes soap, vegetable oil, salt, sugar, yellow split peas, wheat cereal, and sorghum. They have been receiving these same items, when available, for seven years. When possible the refugees do supplement these meals by trading some of it or buying meat, vegetables, or fruits. This year it rained more than usual and the growing season at the local gardens is just ending now. Often the most fond memories of Darfur are of their fields make home, especially their mango and guava trees.
Sunday, December 12, 2010: 10-110am Eastern, 7-8am Pacific
Join i-ACT in a live conversation with Darfuri refugees from a refugee camp in eastern Chad. Participate in the meeting by sending questions through Twitter, Facebook, and the comment box. See and hear the people that are directly affected by war in their country, as they discuss their struggles and challenges, their hopes and dreams.
Rahma was so excited to receive a camera for the day. He enthusiastically taught his sister, Zaineb, and Bashir how to use the ‘quick camera’ (still camera), as they call it, and Bashar to use a video camera. The quick cameras, like most found in the United States, also record video, but we thought to keep it simple we would only show them how to take still photos. But by the end of the day they proved just how keen and smart they are. When we met them to collect their cameras, they were snapping photos, turning the camera to preview mode, and showing us their masterpieces! As we downloaded everything later we realized that many of the images on the quick cameras were actually videos! At one point we can see Rahma, Zanieb, their brothers Alhadi and Mansur, and the twins, Bashir and Bashar sitting in a circle determined to figure out all the elements of the cameras. These are the photographs and videos that our refugee friends want to share with you . Their lives, through their eyes.
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