Help Darfur. Help Sudan. Write to Congress Now.
Violence in the Darfur region of Sudan is raging. Militia groups have killed, raped, and committed other atrocities toward civilians. As many as 300,000 people in Darfur have been killed - 500 deaths occur each day. More than two million people have been forced from their homes and remain displaced and live under terrible and dangerous conditions.
Last year, the African Union deployed peacekeepers to Darfur to monitor the recent ceasefire and to help ensure the security of civilians. However, with less than 6,000 armed troops, the African Union mission hasn't come close to fulfilling its mandate. Additional support for this mission is urgently needed.
The U.S. Congress failed to include any funding for civilian protection in Darfur in the Fiscal Year 2006 funding legislation despite earlier Senate approval for the African Union. The lack of such funding will have disastrous consequences for the people of Darfur. At the same time, aid is needed to help protect, feed, and help return refugees to Southern Sudan.
You can help by writing to members of the US Senate and House of Representatives and urge them to request additional funds for peacekeeping and related humanitarian needs in Darfur and Southern Sudan.