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In the Darfur region of Western Sudan (in Africa), political and military unrest since 2003 has caused the deaths of up to 250,000 people (450,000 by some estimates), the torture of countless others, and the displacement of millions. Many organisations and individuals have been working diligently to compel world governments and governing bodies to intervene in Darfur, with little success. 24 Hours for Darfur is an US-based video advocacy campaign to raise the profile of the Darfur conflict through direct advocacy. From their website:

STRATEGY

Using digital video and online media we aim to strengthen Darfur advocacy by making it more direct, participatory and global.

People want to do more than sign another petition

From signature to video appeal

We are collecting personal video appeals demanding action now on Darfur. Using a webcam, camcorder, digital camera or cell phone, anyone can easily record an appeal and upload it to our website. People can also record appeals at film-in events, at our video kiosk (to be located near the UN headquarters) and with our roving video team filming on the streets of major Nor th American cities.

From petition to interactive dialogue

All appeals will be displayed on our site and sent directly to participants’ political representatives. We urge politicians to respond to their constituents by posting videos articulating their Darfur policies. The campaign will go viral as people post, watch and discuss videos on blogs, video sharing sites such as YouTube and social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook.

From local protest to global video vigil

On September 16, 2007 we will screen 24 hours of rolling footage at a rally in front of the UN headquarters and at smaller events at halls of power throughout the world — all connected through a real-time online broadcast.

Their deadline is looming, so if you want to record a video, now is the time! Their 24-hour screening is taking place Sunday, September 16! They have a very compelling advertisement on YouTube here, and you can also follow their progress from their blog. And of course, they have a page on Wikipedia.

UPDATED: Also, please consider DIGGing this news item, as that will be an excellent way to get the word out.

Resources:

The Toronto Star

The Jerusalem Post

The Huffington Post

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