They call themselves “The Dude Gooders” and their thing is “adventure philanthropy.” At the end of this month, they’ll climb Kilimanjaro to raise money for Falling Whistles, an advocacy group fighting to end the war in the Congo and rehabilitate child soldiers affected by the conflict.
Emmanual Jal, a Sudanese child soldier turned hip hop artist and activist, is pushing a music video espousing the benefits of peace in Sudan. Alicia Keys, George Clooney, Richard Branson, Peter Gabriel, Kofi Annan and Jimmy Carter have all joined in, and in a Change.org interview earlier today, Emmanual argues that global pressure is the only thing left to save Sudan from civil war.
The international community’s embarrassing failure to do anything to stop the Rwandan genocide has been well documented, but the world has learned absolutely nothing from the most violent event of our generation. Indeed, the average 18-year-old has absolutely no idea what happened in Rwanda in 1994. Oxfam America is trying to change that.