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Help the People of Darfur, Sudan

THE WORST HUMANITARIAN CRISIS OF OUR TIME…

The United Nations has called the situation in Darfur, Sudan “the worst humanitarian crisis” of our time. In Darfur, systematic attacks on African villagers by the janjuweed militias backed by the Sudanese government continue, despite the government's promises to stop them. 70,000 have now died and 1.5 million have been displaced, their villages raided and homes burned to the ground. The US Congress unanimously passed resolutions declaring genocide, which legally obligates the US to intervene. The Sudanese government has stonewalled the international community for months, failing to make serious progress in improving security for the people of Darfur. They have tolerated only minimal security forces from the African Union to aid humanitarian efforts, and have recently agreed to a limited expansion of those forces for direct security work. It is estimated that if nothing is done to stop this horror, and more humanitarian aid doesn’t reach Sudan, 600,000 people will be dead this year.

UN officials say only 1/2 - 1/3 of the money needed to fully implement a humanitarian aid effort has been raised. Aid workers have described their attempts to provide food, medical care, and shelter a "race against time." The emergency threatens to grow more acute everyday, as seasonal changes pose ongoing challenges, and displaced persons suffer through ongoing attacks, hunger and disease.

WHAT YOU CAN DO - TODAY!

Work with GLNAWI to Raise Funds & Awareness  Join our Sudan workgroup and attend our meetings. We’re planning educational and fundraising events for the upcoming months. Our work will continue until the Sudanese government has made real progress toward disarming the janjuweed, providing security to Darfurians, negotiating peaceful return to their villages, and halting the spread of disease and famine. Call (517) 202-5291 for information about meeting times or attend a GLNAWI general meeting (see glnawi.org home page for times/locations).

Become informed (Click on links below)
Human Rights Watch has a 6 minute video that can be accessed on line, http://hrw.org/video/2004/sudan
http://www.alertnet.org/thefacts/reliefresources/108504954881.htm
Africa Action www.africaaction.org
Amnesty International www.Amnesty.org
US Agency for International Development http://www.usaid.gov/locations/sub-saharan_africa/sudan/darfur.html
All Africa Global Media www.allafrica.com
American Council for Voluntary International Action www.interaction.org

The International Committee of the Red Cross
http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/htmlall/sudan?OpenDocument
 

Online peititions & letter-writing campaigns
www.darfurgenocide.org/action.htm
http://www.interaction.org/media/HOP/Hot_Sudan.html

Call, Write & Email US and UN Officials
The
US and UN must use every possible means to pressure the Sudanese government to take decisive and immediate steps to disarm the janjuweed, and to allow aid to reach refugees. Contact the Honorable Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations sg@un.org, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and President George Bush and encourage them to follow the recommendations laid out by Congress and the Senate.

Secretary of State, Colin Powell
State Department Public Communication Division:
PA/PL, Rm. 2206
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520
Phone: 202-647-6575
secretary@state.gov

President George Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20500
Phone: 202-456-1111

Donate money

Many reputable organizations including UN World Food Program (www.wfp.com), Doctors Without Borders (www.doctorswithoutborders.org), Church World Service (www.churchworldservice.org), and Human Rights Watch (www.hrw.org) are providing monitoring, food aid, medical aid and other humanitarian relief. Please give as much as you can to the group of your choice!