“I don’t know what the world can do right now about President Omer al-Bashir, he has the land, and as long as the land is still there it doesn’t matter to him who dies on it.”
Gatlauk Ter Thach
April 29, 2009
More than 20 years ago Gatluak Ter Thach escaped the genocide in Sudan by fleeing the country with his parents and younger brother. Traveling at night, it took them more than a month to reach the safety of the refugee camps in Kenya. The family spent several years living in various camps before Mr. Thach and his brother were allowed to immigrate to the United States. Arriving in January of 1995 they were sent to Sioux Falls South Dakota, where Thach says he “learned about cold”. Later that year the brothers moved to Nashville a city Gatlauk Ter Thach says he has learned to love. Today with a masters degree from Cumberland University Mr. Thach is the Executive Director of The Sudanese Community and Women’s Center, an organization he said he founded five years ago because “I had to find a way to get home and the way for me to get home was to serve my people”. More than 8,000 Sundanese refugees live in the greater Nashville area. The Sudanese Community and Women’s Center serves more than 200 members from the local Sudanese community every week.
“What I am going through now is nothing compared what the people of Darfur are facing. As things were, before the humanitarian expulsions, the rations for refugee were barely the minimum caloric requirement to sustain life-1000 calories per day. But soon more than one million people will not receive even that meager ration. The situation is urgent and dire. So, when I feel hunger pangs and my head aches, I think of them”.
Mia Farrow, on Day Three of her hunger strike
April 29, 2009
This week Nashville Past And Present is asking our readers to fast one day in support of Mia Farrow and to help bring attention to the growing crisis in Darfur by calling President Obama at 1-800-GENOCIDE (1-800-436-62433) to ask that he and his administration do more for Darfur’s people.