The humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan has displaced 2.5 million internally people, placed 3.5 million in jeopardy of starvation, and left 200,000 refugees from Darfur in 12 camps in eastern Chad. Three years of fighting in Darfur have destroyed hundreds of villages and led to more than 400,000 deaths.
As many as 50,000 have died in violent raids over the past year alone, and rape, torture, and looting are commonplace.The UN has warned of mass starvation and other epidemics, including HIV/AIDS. Women and girls are especially vulnerable to these health challenges, due to the sexual and gender violence which strongly affects their lives.
In an attempt to address this situation, the Save Darfur Coalition--an alliance of over 100 faith-based, humanitarian and human rights organizations, whose mission is to raise public awareness and to mobilize an effective unified response--will hold a massive "Rally to Stop Genocide", on April 30th, 2006, in Washington DC.
The rally will feature a broad spectrum of prominent political figures, faith leaders, human rights activists, entertainers, journalists and thousands of others who support a stronger multi-national force to protect the civilians of Darfur. For more see http://SaveDarfur.org
In addition, a virtual campaign called "Million Voices for Darfur" is now in full swing. You can become one of the "million voices" by signing and sending an online postcard to the current U.S. Administration, calling for leadership for the victims of genocide. To do so, please go to http://millionvoicesfordarfur.org
. You can also download and print postcards: http://millionvoicesfordarfur.org/?page=postcards
People can write or email their legislators, send a "Letter to the Editor" of their local paper, attend a vigil, host an event. See Africa Action's "Top 10 Ways to Take Action to Stop Genocide in Darfur": http://www.africaaction.org/campaign_new/toolkit.php
Or take part in "Camp Darfur", an action being planned for April 7-13, 2006, in Los Angeles, California. Coordinated by Stop Genocide Now and members of the Omidyar Network (www.omidyar.net
), this event will seek to increase awareness and activism around Darfur by giving the public insights about life in a refugee camp. This event is set to open on the anniversary of the start of the genocide in Rwanda in 1994, which killed upwards of 1 million people, and "Camp Darfur" will hopefully travel to other cities later this year.
Signed postcards will be gathered for the "Million Voices" campaign, films and educational exhibits are planned, and a physical encampment--simulating some of the conditions and hardships refugees endure--will be created. Contact Gabriel Stauring at gabriel@...
for more information, and see http://www.stopgenocidenow.org/campdarfur/camp_darfur.htm
Thank you for your time, consideration, and your voice! Janet Feldman (KAIPPG International, www.kaippg.org kaippg@...