From the June 2007 Idaho Observer:

God Grew Tired of Us

In 1987, Islamic factions in northern Sudan began carrying out a declaration to slaughter every Christian Sudanese male—including infants and children.

So, the children began leaving and their parents stayed behind to fight. Tens of thousands of boys, the older ones (ages 12-14) took care of the younger ones (even infants) as best they could. They walked nearly a thousand miles across the Sahara—with very little and often no food or water for days—to a refugee camp in Ethiopia. When the political climate changed in Ethiopia, they had to walk another 800 miles to relative safety at the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya.

Many thousands of the Lost Boys perished from dehydration and malnutrition along the way; 27,000 survived. The film, "God Grew Tired of Us" (2006) follows the lives of four Lost Boys, now young men, who were among 3,600 given a chance to resettle in cities throughout America. This film is worth seeing. It puts into perspective the high cost of U.S. foreign policy in humanitarian terms and forces us to take a look at the lifestyle that policy is affording us here in America.

Internally displaced persons

Sudan has the largest refugee population (referred to as "internally displaced persons, or IDPs) in the world with an estimated 5 million.

Since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, an estimated 3.7 million Iraqis have become IDPs and that number increases by about 40,000 per month.

The U.S. Committee on Refugees and Immigrants estimates the world population of IDPs to be 12, 019,700. Between Sudan and Iraq alone, U.S. policy is directly implicated in creating nearly 75 percent of the world’s total estimated population of refugees.

How does one pretend his government is liberating people when its policies make millions of them homeless?

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