But Camp Darfur is something special – a multimedia project that is so graphic and so moving that you need to visit it to experience it for yourself.
So today’s image was taken in Ubuntu sim (and I have posted about Ubuntu before), overlooking the next sim, Better World, which hosts a number of organisations and groups that are involved in a range of special SL and RL projects.
Camp Darfur stands on the periphery of the sim, located, in fact, in the next sim, Better World . It’s an interactive awareness and education exhibit, created by Jamie Neutra, Zeke Poutine, In Kenzo, Sue Stonebender, and Riversong Garden, and designed to draw attention to the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and to give individuals the opportunity to discover their own power to make a difference.
The exhibit explains that the genocide in Darfur has taken the lives of an estimated 400,000 people, and more than 2.5 million are displaced and in grave danger of more violence and starvation. As you move through the sim, there’s an opportunity to discover more information, through text, images and video, giving the effect of moving through a burning village. It’s extraordinaruily powerful – one of those things that needs to be experienced to be … well, not appreciated, for that is hardly the word. But to be understood, and the horror that is Darfur to be grasped.
One of the best things about it, to my mind, is that at the end of your journey, you are given suggestions as to what you can do, practically, to help. This, to my mind, lifts the whole exhibition onto a new plane and demonstrates how Second Life can truly play a part not just in raising awareness but in really working towards a better world.