The Forgotten People Project Launch
On the evening of December 5 2007, The Darfur Australia Network in Sydney held the launch of the Forgotten People Project at the YWCA cafe on Hyde Park. Thousands of people from around Australia had knotted squares of coloured material representing some of the millions killed or displaced by the Darfur crisis. These knots were displayed in a number of ways around the venue and acted as a tangible reminder of the suffering of Darfuri people.
On the night, we heard from keynote speaker Dr Eileen Pittaway about the importance of the Responsibility to Protect principle in the context of Darfur. DAN coordinator Gillian Cook and Darfuri community spokesman Hafiz Mansor explained the project and asked Australians not to forget the people of Darfur. Deni Hines and Genevieve Little provided musical tributes to the displaced Darfuris and expressed their solidarity with the cause.
Thanks to all who attended and to the YWCA for their support - it was a very moving and informative evening! The knots and an accompanying photo exhibition remained on display at the YWCA throughout December and we hope this gave many more people the chance to learn about Darfur.