Darfur Documentary Brings Religious Leaders Together

January 29, 2007

Author: Shari Rabin

Source: The Daily Free Press


Representatives of several different religious communities met yesterday at Christ Church Unity in Brookline to discuss ways to stop the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan, which the U.S. government has called a genocide.

Journalist Liz Walker -- who preaches as an African Methodist Episcopal minister in addition to hosting a "Sunday with Liz Walker" on CBS4 -- screened an excerpt of her documentary, "A Glory from the God," about the Rev. Dr. Gloria White-Hammond, a local preacher and pediatrician who founded an organization that helps Sudanese women.

Though she has not been to the western Darfur region where the government-sponsored militia has been massacring civilians since 2003, Walker said she has been to southern Sudan five times since 2001 and is going there next week.

She said stronger involvement from the U.S. government is unlikely because it is too distracted at the moment by the war in Iraq.

"This seems to be the kind of humanitarian and human rights issue that has to be approached from the ground up because international policy doesn't seem to be working," she said.