Well, India and Pakistan are flashing gang signs at each other again, and the Hamas Ministry of Propaganda (which is inexplicably headquartered in Atlanta rather than Gaza) is crying foul at the Israelis for hitting back, but Darfur continues to be one of the prime sources of suck on the planet. News from the region remains on the back burner, of course, because the oppressors are charmingly ethnic, the atrocities are happening in a particularly unphotogenic armpit of the earth, and nobody there has nukes.
One thing that situations like this produce in boxcar lots (other than meaningless UN paperwork) is squalid tent cities teeming with refugees. As is usual, this has the end result of concentrating hapless victims in one place so that they may be preyed upon more efficiently thanks to economies of scale (cf. the Warsaw Ghetto).
While various international organizations, governments, militias and other large bodies of people moving in step are doing their level best to screw things up wholesale, it took a human interest story on the retail level to point out the futility of the whole farce.
It seems that setting foot outside the refugee camps to gather firewood is pretty much a guaranteed ticket for rape and murder. Hearing this grotesque factoid shocked a young American student so much that he was moved to help. He decided to raise money to aid the women in the refugee camps by buying them...
...more fuel-efficient stoves so they don't have to go out and collect firewood so often.
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry or punch the wall. I mean, lor' bless him for doing something, but... just... damn. Reckon Daniel Craig will play him in the future movie? Instead of Defiance, they could call it Efficiency.