The genocide in Darfur has officially been taking place since 2003. More than 400,000 people have died and more than two million have been displaced under President Omar Al Bashir and the Janjaweed Militia. In 2008, I was in seventh grade and fortunate enough to have seen a film about the genocide, The Devil Came On Horseback. I was horrified by the atrocities occurring in Darfur and the media's failure to prioritize reporting on the crisis. I was inspired to do something. My friends and I started making and selling jewelry out of recycled pieces, with proceeds going to programs aimed at preventing the genocide. After moving from Harrisburg to the Philadelphia area in eighth grade, I brought Gems NOT Genocide to Harriton High School. In two years, the organization has grown to eighty-five members and has become much more than an after-school club. We are working to support the Darfur Peace & Development Organization, and specifically, the Gangy High School being built there.The genocide is still happening today. It is our moral obligation to raise awareness about the crisis and help the victims. The goal is to help create a prosperous future for the people of Sudan and help prevent genocide from occurring anywhere around the world. As Gandhi once expressed, "We must become the change we want to see in the world."In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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