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Darfur Help

Darfur Help
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General Information
This is a community for people against genocide, especially the current genocide in the Darfur region. For those of you who are against genocide, but haven’t heard of the Darfur tragedy, here’s what you need to know:
• The Sudanese government decided the most cost-effective way to get rid of the non-Arabs in their country was to spawn a genocide movement.
• The United States government has placed an embargo on this region and has sent money and minimal aid; however, this isn’t nearly enough to stop a major genocide.
• The United States government has been able to pressure the Sudanese government before (to break its terrorist ties), however they are not attempting to try this tactic once more.
• The people in the area estimate that the number of people who have been killed in this region is about 350,000 people, however no one knows for sure, as the Sudanese government refuses to release any statements.
• Some of the horrendous brutalities that have occurred there have been rape, gang rape, and mutilation.

For an accurate and more specific article on this genocide, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/23/opinion/23kristof.html. After reading the article, click on the Op-Ed Special Report, “A Promise Unkept” under the multimedia section on the right-hand side for a video presentation.

About Us:
This community is monitored and managed by chaichild22 and ms_opinionated. We reserve the right to delete any obscene, overly offensive (to other members, that is), or irrelevant entries. E-mail us if you have any questions or want to offer your support in any other way.

About the Community:
This community was created to send letters to the United States government and any other government bodies (such as the Sudanese government) that could do something to stop this genocide. As pointed out in the above article... “Senator Paul Simon, who died in 2003, said after the Rwandan genocide, ‘If every member of the House and Senate had received 100 letters from people back home saying we have to do something about Rwanda, when the crisis was first developing, then I think the response would have been different.’” We can make a difference if we would only become involved and send letters to politicians and aid to Sudan/the Darfur region. These people are in desperate need of our help, and the situation is only getting worse everyday. About 300 people die a day—we cannot wait much longer.

About the Letters:
In these letters, point out specific things the government can do to help. Ideas and specifics can be found in articles and online in several places. We are trying to organize a movement of greater American aid, in which 100 letters are sent to all 435 House of Reps and 100 Senators in a day. These specific days will be organized once we have enough people backing this. When you have decided which House of Representatives member or Senator you would like to send a letter to, please e-mail us so that we don’t double up on letters. A week before sending day, we will post a final list of every user and their assigned politician as well as the day that everyone should postmark their letter.

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