A refugee camp popped up last April on the sports field of Lennox Middle School, right next to Los Angeles International Airport. For five days, teachers, students, and even international visitors lived as “refugees” to raise awareness about the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan.
Sponsored by All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena and Jewish World Watch, the event educated participants about the history of genocide—in Armenia, Cambodia, the Holocaust, and elsewhere—offering them a chance to “connect the history of genocide with what is going on right now,” Gabriel Stauring, a Camp Darfur organizer, told Sojourners. “We tried to simulate a little bit the conditions, camped out, and had nightly events, showing films and speakers. … It was a way for people to connect more personally with what is happening in Darfur.” The Darfur genocide has claimed more than 450,000 lives and displaced at least 3 million people.