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October 24, 2007

Today I am joining Afrospear members D. Yobachi Boswell of BlackPerspective.net, Electronic Village, African American Opinion.com and many others in a Day of Action for Darfur.

I have no grand pronouncements, and no deep thoughts to share – just truth.  This countries attitude toward the awful genocide in Darfur has been morally deficient. We have learned nothing from the atrocities in Rawanda.

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If you’re not acquainted with the facts of the genocide in Darfur, please read about the sustained conditions of terror inflicted
on the women and girls of Darfur; read about how rape is being used as a weapon of war with the result of millions of villagers being
forcibly displaced from their homes, which are burnt; their crops
and

These terrorized people need our help.  Contact the White House, contact your Congressional Representative or Senator and join your voice with all of those around the world to bring pressure to the seat of government, so that the nations of this world are forced to act on moral and not just fiscal interests.

Amnesty International who have been posted at the forefront of this Day of Action for Darfur, in conjunction with United Nations Day which is also today, released the following statements on October 22nd:

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL USA
PRESS RELEASE
October 22, 2007

Amnesty International Says Sudan is Again Obstructing Peacekeeping Deployment to Darfur  

(New York)–Amnesty International today called on the government of
Sudan to stop blocking the speedy deployment of the U.N. peacekeeping
force to Darfur and urged key governments to immediately supply
urgently-needed equipment, such as military helicopters, for the force.

In a short report released today, Obstruction and Delay: Peacekeepers Needed in Darfur Now,
Amnesty International details obstructions and delays to the deployment
of UNAMID, a joint United Nations and African Union force which is due
to take over from the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) by the end
of December 2007. The U.N. Security Council last summer authorized a
multi-national force of 26,000 peacekeepers–the largest force of its
kind to date.

"Sudan is stalling. Lives are going to be lost if the United States
and other leading countries don’t take immediate action to stop the
atrocities. Meanwhile the peacekeeping deployment process continues to
move slowly," said Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty
International USA. "This is unconscionable. How many more Darfuris must
die before the international community responds with the urgency this
crisis demands?"

"The prevailing insecurity in parts of Darfur is unacceptable.
UNAMID is facing the same types of barriers from the government of
Sudan which so weakened the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS)
peacekeeping force," said Erwin van der Borght, Amnesty International’s
Africa Program Director.

"The government of Sudan must accept the AU-UN agreement regarding
the composition of the force, allow it to be properly resourced with
sufficient arms and means of land and air transport, ensure that there
are no restrictions on UNAMID’s freedom of movement, and make land
immediately available for the establishment of UNAMID bases."

In the absence of an effective international peacekeeping force,
human rights violations continue to be perpetrated against civilians
with impunity, including reports of a massacre this month in which
approximately 30 people in a mosque were killed, some having their
throats slit.

United Nations officials estimate that more than 200,000 Darfuri
civilians have died since 2003, more than 2.5 million have been driven
from their homes and many more depend on international aid to survive.

View the Obstruction and Delay: Peacekeepers Needed in Darfur Now report here.

Please lend your voice to the effort to provide justice to the people of Darfur.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2007 1:24 PM

    Good work Bakare!

  2. October 29, 2007 6:19 PM

    One of my realizations is that it will take more than a day of action for us to make a difference.

    Anyhow, I appreciate the information that you have shared for your readers. Well done…

    peace, Villager

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