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Last year a UN-African Union peacekeeping force (UNAMID) was deployed to Darfur to protect civilians. Many countries pledged troops and military hardware, yet over a year later UNAMID remains severely under-resourced with just over 60% deployed.


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Tom M (814)
Monday April 13, 2009, 3:42 pm
Subject: No More Empty Promises on Darfur

To: Susan Rice - US Representative to the United Nations

I am writing to you with regard to the United Nations--African Union Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which began deploying on January 1, 2008. Despite pledges and repeated expressions of commitment by the international community to provide UNAMID with adequate troops and military hardware, more than year after deployment began it remains significantly under-resourced.

The United Nations Secretary General's repeated requests to the international community for the immediate provision of essential equipment to UNAMID have largely been ignored. In the December 2008 report to the United Nations Security Council, the UN Secretary General once again listed the military equipment and other hardware that the peacekeeping operation is still lacking, including in particular 18 medium-utility helicopters.

The failure by the international community to provide UNAMID with the necessary equipment as well as a sufficient number of troops and other resources, including funding, continues to undermine its effectiveness. This situation has left civilians unprotected and at the mercy of various armed groups operating in Darfur. Civilians continue to bear the brunt of the fighting between government forces and the armed opposition groups. They continue to be killed, raped, and forcibly displaced from their homes, and the humanitarian situation remains dire. Out of a population of approximately 6 million, at least 2.7 million people are now living in camps for the internally displaced in Darfur while others are refugees in eastern Chad.

I urge you to use all your influence to ensure that your government contributes to the protection of civilians in Darfur by UNAMID. Civilians in Darfur continue to bear the brunt of the fighting between government of Sudan forces and armed opposition groups. Without the necessary support, the UNAMID force will continue to struggle, if not fail, to protect civilians in Darfur.

Please use your influence to ensure that UNAMID is provided with all the resources that it requires.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this urgent matter.

Elm Morrison (357)
Monday April 13, 2009, 5:00 pm
Thank you for speaking out. We understand that you are busy, and we appreciate your time and effort.

Carolyn T (234)
Monday April 13, 2009, 5:31 pm
Noted. Letters sent from petiton site. Thank you, Tom.

Joycey B (750)
Monday April 13, 2009, 6:11 pm
Action taken and noted with thanks Tom.

Thank you for speaking out. We understand that you are busy, and we appreciate your time and effort.

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 14, 2009, 8:26 pm
Done/thanks Tom

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 14, 2009, 11:54 pm
Noted and signed. Thank you Tom for sharing.

Liz D (70)
Wednesday April 15, 2009, 9:55 am
Noted and signed, thanks Tom

Cheryl B (206)
Wednesday April 15, 2009, 1:50 pm
Signed, but there wasn't an indication it went through. Hopefully it did.

Valerie H (133)
Wednesday April 15, 2009, 9:02 pm
Thank you Tom, emails just sent!

ROBIN M (312)
Thursday April 16, 2009, 7:39 am
emails sent.

Kirsikka A (107)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 2:56 am
Noted and e-mails sent. Thank you Tom.

Kari D (192)
Wednesday April 22, 2009, 9:47 am
noted & e-mails sent
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