by Michael Wadleigh, gritty.org
Darfur region in the East African state of Sudan
is roughly the size of Texas. About 2.6 million
people living there are living in refugee camps.
The vast majority are women and children who escaped
the violence. Most of these women and children have
been separated from their family (husbands, fathers,
sisters, cousins) and even their ancestral community.
Thousands of children have also been separated from
their immediate and extended family. Psychologically
and emotionally cut off from their natural caregivers
these children are also forced to live in inhumane,
substandard conditions. With severely limited access
to clean water, food and shelter these children
are suffering from malnutrition, dysentery, measles
and all of the other diseases that come from not
having their basic sustenance needs met.
a short video
Sign the Petition to send in Peace keepers through
includes a short video.
organize a UN Peace Envoy
— also a neat video attached
Divest from Sudan
Historically, the Khartoum government has been
responsive to divestment, in fact the only strategy
which has worked. Illinois, Maine, Oregon and
New Jersey have divested along with the Harvard
University, Stanford, Brown and the UC system.
Many church organizations, Methodists and Presbyterians
have divested from Darfur. Find out what your
state is doing. Contact your state legislators
and ask them to sponsor or support legislation
to divest all state money from Sudan.
divest from Sudan. There is now an online
screening tool that allows you to screen your
US-based mutual funds for exposure to companies
that invest in Sudan. You can do it yourself
or have your money manager screen your portfolio.Once
you have divested, please take the step of writing
to the President of the Mutual Fund and tell
them why you are redeeming your shares. Experience
shows that companies respond to shareholder
- Call President Bush
Short video for inspiration:
How will history judge us video
President Bush, 202-456-1111, or send him email,
and ask him to:
the Government of Sudan's (GOS) recent military
build-up and intensification of attacks on civilians
in northern Darfur.
on the international community—including the
Arab League, the African Union and the European
Union-to mount intensive diplomatic efforts,
beginning at the opening of the new session
of the United Nations General Assembly, to halt
the GOS offensive.
other nations to join the US and France in pressing
the United Nations to prepare to deploy the
UN peacekeeping force authorized on August 31
by the Security Council, regardless of the acquiescence
of the Sudanese Government.
Genocide is news:
Tell the media to cover Sudan
a letter to all the major news organization
Facts—Genocide in Darfur
response to conflict with Darfurian rebel groups
in February 2003, the Sudanese government, working
with Arab militias called 'Janjaweed', began
sponsoring wholesale ethnic cleansing of non-Arab
Darfurians, almost all of whom were civilians
and had NO direct affiliation with the rebel
February of 2003, over 400,000 Darfurian civilians
have been perished.
million others have been displaced due to violence,
nearly 4 million are now reliant on humanitarian
aid, and 90% of Darfur's villages have been
looted or destroyed.
July 23, 2004, the. U.S. Senate and House of
Representatives unanimously adopted a joint
resolution declaring the atrocities in Darfur
to be genocide.
September 9, 2004, then-Secretary of State Collin
Powell, said, "...we
concluded, I concluded, that genocide has been
committed in Darfur."
Bush has repeatedly referred to the situation
in Darfur as genocide.
by the UN, human rights groups, and US State
Department officialsI affirm that atrocities
continue to be committed, more than three years
after the genocide began.
of October 2006, the head of the International
Committee of the Red Cross in Africa, declared
that 50% of formerly accessible Internally Dispaced
Persons camps are no longer accessible due to
July 1008, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Prosecutor of the International Criminal
Court, requested an arrest warrant for President Omer Hassan Ahmad
Al-Bashir. The request charged Al-Bashir with 10 counts of genocide,
war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Court's judges have yet to
issue a decision on the arrest warrant
facts compiled from sudandivestment.org
- Justice vs Politics International Herald Tribune, September 16, 2008
Up the Price of Blood
New York Times, April 17, 2007
Choice for Darfur
New York Times, January 28, 2007
demand end to Darfur rapes:
Thousands have died, hundreds of thousands are
International stateswomen have made a joint
call for an end to rape and sexual violence
in Sudan's conflict-torn region of Darfur. December
10, 2006, BBC
Not Now, When? By Nicholas D. Kristof, The
New York Times. October 29, 2006