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Crisis in Darfur Update

Thanks to Danu for sharing the e-Petition, and making me get off my butt to compile and share some important information. Feel free to repost. ~snax aka Bleeding Heart.

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(excerpted from SaveDarfur.org)

Save Darfur Coalition Applauds UN Vote on Peacekeepers,
Urges Swift International Action to Deploy Forces

We must turn words on paper into boots on the ground.

The Save Darfur Coalition today maintained cautious optimism following the United Nations Security Council decision to authorize a U.N. peacekeeping force for Darfur, Sudan. The 12-0-3 vote is a clear demonstration of the international community's will to end the genocide in Darfur. The international community, however, must now overcome the Government of Sudan's objections to the U.N. peacekeeping force before the desperately needed troops can be deployed.

Current Situation:

Nearly three years into the crisis, the western Sudanese region of Darfur is acknowledged to be a humanitarian and human rights tragedy of the first order. The humanitarian, security and political situation continue to deteriorate: atrocities continue, people are still dying in large numbers of malnutrition and disease, and a new famine is feared. According to reports by the World Food Program, the United Nations and the Coalition for International Justice, 3.5 million people are now hungry, 2.5 million have been displaced due to violence, and 400,000 people have died in Darfur thus far. The international community is failing to protect civilians or to influence the Sudanese government to do so.

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What can you do?
Increase your awareness.
Educate your friends and family.
Sign the Darfur Action e-Petition or a postcard.
Participate in Darfur-related events, electronically and locally.

September 17 people around the world will take part in the Global Day for Darfur to show world-wide support for the Darfuri people and to put pressure on our Governments to protect the civilians.

Watch this video, and tell the media to be a witness.


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Why does any of this matter? (excerpted from BeAWitness.org):

Roughly three-quarters of Americans state that they get their information from broadcast or cable television. No other source of information - not newspapers, magazines, or the Internet - comes close to the power of television to inform the public. Estimates of those who have died because of the tragedy in Sudan range between 80,000 and 400,000, most of those deaths came about because of starvation or a lack of medical care. Amnesty International estimates that 50,000 may have died from violence since the conflict began. The horrible events in Sudan can shock the world into action, but only if they are reported.

Put simply, if television does not cover the genocide in Sudan, it does not exist in the minds of many Americans. If it does not exist in the public's mind, there is no sense of urgency and no public pressure on world leaders to do anything to stop the killing.

The public grants the media the right to use its airwaves for commerce and profit. The public should expect at least moderate attention to consequential world developments in return.

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You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Ghandi

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~Dr. Seuss

Comments

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captspastic
Sep. 13th, 2006 12:51 am (UTC)
I could not agree more. What is and has been going on there has been a huge tragedy for a long time, and largely gone unrecognized in this country, in place of a blood-lust for oil, and vendettas.
snaxxx
Sep. 13th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
You should check out Craig's blog. A lot of research for a documentary that he'll be filming for next month.
decibel45
Sep. 13th, 2006 01:18 am (UTC)
If US citizens had any *clue* how completely useless the UN was they would have kicked them clear off US soil ages ago.
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