In July, the U.S. Congress officially recognized the tragedy in Sudan as genocide, and on July 30, the United Nations issued a resolution demanding that the government disarm the Janjaweed militias that have been terrorizing innocent people in Darfur within 30 days or face further action. The deadline has come and gone—and the violence goes on unabated.
In partnership with CARE, NetAid is working to raise awareness about the crisis in Sudan, to inspire others to help alleviate suffering and bring hope through education to thousands of children.
You can take action to help! Send a Sudan Action E-card to five friends, and $1 will be allocated from the NetAid World Schoolhouse Fund to help our partner CARE provide humanitarian assistance to refugees in Darfur.
Sudan Action E-cards sent so far: 18005 Money raised via E-cards: US$3601 (Does not include direct donations made to the Sudan Crisis Fund)
60 Seconds of Action: Earlier today, the President took an important step in the right direction by sending a supplemental funding proposal to Congress which included a request for a total of $514 million for Sudan, $339 million of which we expect to be designated for Darfur peacekeeping and humanitarian programs. Please take a moment to email the President a note of thanks for doing his part to make this much needed funding a reality, and encourage him to keep taking additional steps to protect the people of Darfur as the spring progresses.
60 Minutes of Action: On April 30th, the Save Darfur Coalition will host the Rally to Stop Genocide 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. We hope that you will join us, and encourage you to look into tickets and hotel information soon. For more information on the rally, please click here.
The question of how best to augment the AU troops in the meantime continues to be raised as well. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that “we will work with NATO to try to enhance the capability of the [African Union Mission in Sudan] force until a UN force can get on the ground.” Such an arrangement could help train the AU troops for work as part of the coming UN force, while also immediately improving the range of protection the AU is able to provide.
The AU will also be helped by an expected influx of much-needed cash in the form of a U.S. supplemental funding bill. As noted above, President Bush sent his official supplemental proposal to Congress earlier today, including a request for $339 million for AU peacekeepers and other Darfur-related programs. Congress is expected to act quickly on the bill, with a mid-March target passage date.
Your postcards are starting to work and your voices are being heard.
On Monday, the Bush Administration announced support for sending several hundred NATO advisers to aid African Union troops struggling to protect the innocent people of Darfur.
This is a small step in the right direction, but much more still must be done to stop the genocide!
Here's your challenge: can you keep the pressure on? Can you get 20 friends, family members and neighbors to sign postcards to President Bush and bring us even closer to building a Million Voices for Darfur?