As you read this, millions of families in Darfur, Sudan are dieing of disease, hunger, and dehydration inside concentration camps.
Sudan's dictator, Omar Al-Bashir, is continuing a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing against blacks in Sudan.
Everyday, women and girls are raped by government troops.
Men are castrated and left to bleed to death on the ground. Children, unworthy of even the price of a bullet, are bashed to death with the butt of a rifle.
After the Holocaust the world said it would "never again" allow the wholesale slaughter of ethnic groups by any government, even if it meant standing up to a major world power such as Nazi Germany.
Omar Al-Bashir is making a mockery of this pledge by committing genocide on a budget less than that of most U.S. states.
If the world is unwilling to intervene in a genocide committed by a relatively minor world player, how can we possibly hope to stand up to the next Nazi Germany?
"When we tried to escape they shot more children. They raped women; I saw many cases of Janjawid raping women and girls. They are happy when they rape. They sing when they rape and they tell that we are just slaves and that they can do with us how they wish."
-Man from Mukjar, as reported by Amnesty International.
"There was also another rape on a young single girl aged 17: M. was raped by six men in front of her house in front of her mother. Ms brother, S., was then tied up and thrown into fire."
-a 35-year-old Fur man from Mukjar, as quoted by Amnesty International
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Where is Darfur?
Darfur is a region in western Sudan, an eastern African country half the size of the United States
Why are people being killed?
Sudan is an Islamist Dictatorship controlled by Omar Al-Bashir. Like most dictators, Bashir maintains control by ruthlessly crushing rebellion. When Ethnic African groups in Darfur started a war for independence, Bashir responded with a campaign of violence targeting civilians. He has used proxy militia groups to torch whole cities, rape and kill thousands of women and children.
Omar Al-Bashir has used the Janjaweed militia to murder thousands of men, women, and children while enjoying a luxurious lifestyle. Parade magazine's David Wallechinsky ranked al-Bashir at the very top of his list of the worlds ten worst dictators. Most recently refused to let UN peacekeepers enter the country.
When Omar Al-Bashir rose to power in 1989 he dissolved parliament and banned political parties. Ignoring countless U.N. resolutions to disarm the Janajaweed militia and end the violence in Darfur, Bashir has made a mockery of international law and the ideals on which the United Nations was founded. He seems to believe the international community will allow him to get a way with the wholesale murder of entire ethnic groups, and so far he has been right.
1- Humanitarian funding - The international community has fallen short of the donations they have promised to help provide basic necessities for men, women, and children in Darfur. The United States has been a leader in providing life saving assistance and should continue to lead our allies in providing basic necessities for children in Darfur.
2- The International Criminal Court - The United States should use every diplomatic means available, including the International Criminal Court. Full U.S. cooperation with the ICC in Darfur will send a strong message to Omar Al-Bashir and other war criminals.
3- Multi-national peacekeeping force - The African Union mission in Darfur has proved horribly inadequate at maintaining peace. Humanitarian operations have been curtailed due to the violence. The U.S. should play a logistical role in supporting a multi-national peacekeeping force in the region and work with our allies to fund an adequate multi-national force in Darfur.
"If every member of the House and Senate had received 100 letters from people back home saying we have to do something about Rwanda, when the crisis was first developing, then I think the response would have been different.''
-Senator Paul Simon
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How you can help families in Darfur (even if you're too young to vote.)
Repost this petition - I know, I know, this is like the 20th time we've said that but we wouldn't keep repeating ourselves if it wasn't really important. It is also extremely easy. You can do it several times if you want - advertisers know that every time we see a message we become more and more likely to act on it.
Email the President and other elected officials - a politician is a public servant. If the public doesn't make some noise, they won't act. If we stay silent we are telling our representatives that everything is ok and they can carry on business as usual. Emailing the Whitehouse is easy. It's a lot like voting - a Whitehouse staff member will add your message to the total count for the day on that issue. When they get a lot of emails on one topic they start to notice and give it priority.
Join our Action Network! - Every so often there is a time limited opportunity to help Darfur. When this comes up we'll send you an email and let you know how to help. When we organize together like this we magnify our political force by a factor of ten. Imagine you're a politician considering whether or not to sign a bill. Just before you leave your office your aide informs you that your email account is being flooded with letters from hundreds of your voters demanding results. That is the power of networking.