The plight of the Eritrean refugees in Sudan is absolutely dire. Some people have lived in these camps for 30 to 40 years and for some its all they have known of life. How can this be just, right or ok?? Witnessing this level of poverty and neglect i experienced a profound grief for humanity. Tears for the numb, broken heart of humanity that turns a blind eye to such incredible levels of anguish and injustice.
On average they bury 30 people a day here, many from malnutrition. These are UNHCR camps but the UN were no where in sight. The well pumps hadn't worked for several years so they have to walk for hours every day to fetch water that is contaminated and disease ridden. I saw doctors in tears that they could not provide the children with the medicines they need. Often these doctors pay for their patients medicines out of their own meagre wages as the refugees have no money as there is no economy in the camps and they are separated from Sudanese life. In the midst of all this tragedy, the enduring spirit of the Eritrean people in the refugee camps was beautiful to behold.
I am very happy that since our trip Healing Bridges has been successful in building a new school there.
For me one of the outcomes of filming this and witnessing their plight is an overwhelming desire to do something to help them. I am planning a permaculture program there to increase food production and lessen malaria that will ultimately save lives. I hope the program will be up and running soon. We need donations to make this happen, if you want to help out on this project please contact me directly.
I filmed this in the summer of 2008. The brilliant Jeff MacIntyre did a fabulous job on the voiceover and editing.