June 27, 2004

Sudanese Time Machine

This post is about the impending humanitarian disaster in Sudan. Please read it and do what you can to raise awareness.

Imagine that we could rerun the events that occurred in Rwanda 10 years ago. With the certain knowledge of horrific events to come, would the world’s great nations again stand idle as 800,000 human beings faced slaughter? […]

Yet, in 2004, just as in 1994, the international community is on the verge of making a tragic mistake. Mass human destruction is unfolding today in Sudan, with the potential to bring a death toll even higher than that in Rwanda. ( Another horror in Africa by Mike DeWine and John McCain in The Cincinnati Post )

We don’t have to go back in time, because the Sudanese situation is still developing. Let me break it down here.

  • 1.1 Million people driven from their homes.
  • As many as 30,000 already dead
  • Estimated 320,000 dead by the end of the year.
  • Humanitarian aid blocked by militants
  • Rape, looting, ethnic cleansing

A survivor of the Rwandan genocide named Dancilla told her story to a British humanitarian group. She said: “If people forget what happened when the U.N. left us, they will not learn. It might then happen again — maybe to someone else.” All Americans should realize one terrible fact: It is happening again.(same story as above)

Meanwhile, parts of Africa, including that Darfur region of Sudan are looking at the possibility of a huge polio epidemic.

“There is no question that the virus is spreading at an alarming pace,” […] “The fact that the Sudan is now re-infected is concrete evidence of the need to support a massive immunisation response right across west and central Africa.”

The U. N. describes the Darfur region of Sudan as the #1 humanitarian crisis in the world today.

Please, let Bush and Kerry know that Iraq is not the only issue this election season. There is a potential for these horrible events to mushroom, but now is the time for the world to condemn the atrocities, and for the U.N. to get active in working toward a solution.

This is what the U.N. is for. Now is the time to halt the spread of this chaotic situation and save perhaps hundreds of thousands of lives. Contact the president, Kerry, your senators and representatives. Contact them on actual paper. Get heard.

For your convenience, I’ve added a websticker here for Congress.org that will quickly take you to contact info for your representatives. Just put in your zip code. I’ll be adding a permanent, smaller version of this banner to the sidebar for future reference.

Thanks to Elyzabeth in this thread at EAForums for bringing the issue to my attention. You can see a few people on that board are already planning to send letters on brightly colored paper. Elyzabeth has worked in a congressional office before, and still has friends who work inside. Follow that thread for possible suggestions on what best to do to get heard.

There is also a petition to get the horrible situation in Sudan described as “genocide” which will awaken international obligations to act.

Posted by James at June 27, 2004 9:56 PM
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