Remember New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof's scheme to send Bill O'Reilly to Africa?
Alas, the Fox News host didn't make it on Kristof's last trip, despite the fact that the Times columnist's readers pledged $727,000 to send O'Reilly along to cover the unfolding genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Militias backed by the Sudanese government have already slaughtered hundreds of thousands of members of several African tribes in Darfur, and the violence is now crossing the border from Sudan into Chad.
NBC's Ann Curry did travel to Chad and the Sudan with Kristof to tell the stories of refugees who survived the gang rape, murder and village burnings. Watch for her reports on the "Today" show this week, or view photographs Curry took and read her commentary here.
Here's another suggestion for Kristof's readers: Since your $727,000 won't be going to pay for O'Reilly's travel expenses, send it to Doctors Without Borders. Kristof reports that the organization is the only group still bravely providing aid in parts of the region, now considered too horrifically dangerous even by the United Nations.