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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

WANTED! A LEADER TO HELP STOP GENOCIDE - HOW ABOUT YOU PRESIDENT OBAMA?

Genocide will ONLY stop if we want it to stop and do what it takes to get our leaders to lead on this humanity-defining issue.

WANTED! Leadership to enable us to stop the 7 year genocide of the Darfuri people. When WILL be the time, President Obama, VP Biden and Secretary Clinton - after you have left office or during your time? This is a humanity-defining issue. And it is defining us right now.

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On Friday, Foreign Polippj_stamp.jpgcy Magazine broke the news suggesting that, after months of delay, a plan for moving the U.S. Policy on Sudan forward has finally landed on President Obama's desk. As Sudan prepares for a referendum that is likely to split it in two, and as the humanitarian crisis in Darfur grows increasingly dire by the day, we must let President Obama know that we are closely watching and awaiting his decision. Now is the moment for the President to implement a Sudan policy which, as he promised in 2008, leads a process for peace, helps prevent another deadly war in Africa, and holds those responsible for crimes against humanity to account. Millions of lives are at stake. Urge the President to make peace in Sudan a priority now.

By Email - Tell Congress to Call President Obama

By Facebook - Post on the White House's Facebook page:

Mr. President: Now is the moment for you to implement a Sudan policy which, as you promised in 2008, leads a process for peace, helps prevent another deadly war in Africa, and holds those responsible for crimes against humanity to account. News reports (http://bit.ly/aEkexV) suggest that, after months of delay, a plan for moving the U.S. Policy on Sudan forward has finally landed on your desk. As Sudan prepares for a referendum that is likely to split it in two, and as the humanitarian crisis in Darfur grows increasingly dire by the day, we are closely watching and awaiting your decision. Your legacy is on the line. Millions of lives are at stake. Make peace in Sudan a priority now.

By Twitter - Tweet this message:

RT Decision on #Sudan policy is on @BarackObama's desk. What will be the #ObamaLegacy on #genprev? http://bit.ly/aEkexV #SudanNow @presssec

and for USA Vice President Biden

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Action 1: Post the above video to Vice President Biden’s Facebook page. Here’s the video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zDjm2BlMkM

Action 2: On Twitter? Great! Post the following tweets to your Twitter profile:

  • VP #Biden @whitehouse , the time for peace in #Sudan is running out. Tell @BarackObama to pressure #SudanNow #Sudan3
  • VP #Biden , we are ringing the alarm for #Sudan. Work urgently with @BarackObama and @whitehouse to pressure for peace. #Sudan3
  • Tweeps, we need your help! Join us on the #Sudan3 Campaign by going here and taking the actions: http://bit.ly/ckRNGv #Sudan Pls RT!

Action 3: Email Vice President Biden the following message:

Greetings Vice-President Biden,

I am writing you today to request that your pressure your peers in the current White House administration to work together for peace in Sudan now by applying the wide range of pressures the United States has.

I am disappointed that the current White House administration still appears split on its approach to policy and no concrete outcomes seem to have resulted from the deputies meeting. Violence on the ground in Darfur continues, the Sudanese government is still engaged with proxy militias, and no one has been held accountable for the many war crimes that have occurred to date.

I therefore urge you to escalate real pressures on the parties, call for a strengthened civilian protection mandate for both UNAMID and UNMIS, and deploy more full-time diplomats on the ground in Sudan to accelerate peace efforts. Sudan is entering a make or break period, and U.S. leadership is vital.

The United States is also in a position to provide the helicopters UNAMID needs for rapid response in Darfur. Besides this equipment donation that is direly needed, the U.S. must also forcefully push for the unrestricted movement of UN peacekeeping personal across Darfur and south Sudan and for unfettered access throughout the country for aid workers who are in a position to save large numbers of lives.

Mr. Vice-President, you have long promised to bring peace in Sudan. The time is now.

Sincerely,

Background

If you’re new to this, here are a few places you can find some information at:

  • What Has Happened in Darfur?
  • Responding to Genocide
  • USAID: Sudan is a Complex Emergency
  • GI-NET: Background of Sudan

  • UN, aid workers enter Darfur refugee camp hit by clashes

    KHARTOUM — UN representatives and aid workers were allowed into a refugee camp in war-torn Darfur on Monday, more than two weeks after deadly fighting there, the United Nations said.

    "Today a mission of UN and NGO got access to Kalma," said Sam Hendricks, spokesman for the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

    "We had access for an assessment of the situation and delivery of fuel for the water pump," Hendricks told AFP.

    The UN representatives accompanied by members of non-governmental organisations

    Eight people were killed in fighting two weeks ago at the Kalma and Zalengei refugee camps between partisans of the rebel Sudan Liberation Army and supporters of peace talks between rebels and the Khartoum government.

    Sudanese authorities had blocked five NGOs and UN agencies from reaching the camp, which houses more than 80,000 displaced persons from the troubled western region of Darfur and is one of the world's largest refugee camps.

    The United Nations have expressed concern that the situation in Kalma camp would deteriorate unless aid workers were given access to the compound.

    John Holmes, the UN's undersecretary general for humanitarian affairs, said on Saturday "If access is not urgently restored, the situation risks deteriorating rapidly."

    Hendricks said that medicine was delivered to two clinics in the camps, where the aid workers were hoping to assess the food situation.

    Meanwhile the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said in a statement on Monday that the situation in Kalma remains "tense."

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