My perception is that we are not taking the issue of the suffering of Muslims in Dar Fur in Sudan seriously enough. I have a number of theories, but I'm more looking for feedback on this issue:
1. Are there significant efforts North American Muslims are making to improve the situation there?
2. We are not making significant efforts because:
- Fur (the primary ethnic group suffering in the area) are not well-represented among North American Muslims.
- A general discounting of Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Muslim U.S. citizens should be more concerned about preventing harm the U.S. government is causing before preventing foreign governments from doing harm.
- North American Muslims doubt that there is a true humanitarian crisis and suspect there is a plot to weaken the country of Sudan.
- There is genuine concern, but really there is no good solution given the demographic, geographical and political circumstances. Therefore there is limited action.
- We are concerned, but we are having difficulty cooperating with other North American organizations involved in this issue.
My own guess is that there is a combination of most of these factors in our underinvolvement. I personally believe that the best option is a strengthening of the African Union's involvement rather than the United Nations. In fact, an Associated Press report dated November 16, 2006 reports on moves towards such measures. But I am not an expert in this, and the primary United States-based advocacy organizations such as SaveDarfur have, to my understanding, called for a United Nations peacekeeping mission because the African Union is not able to undertake such a large mission.
Islamic Society of North America Statement of May 2, 2006
Links from Islamic Relief
University of Chicago Law School Faculty Blog
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Podcast "Voices on Genocide Prevention"
http://blogs.ushmm.org/index.php/COC2/ (this link is not working as of the time of writing, but I've subscribed to this podcast through iTunes for almost a year.)