The violence in Darfur is intensifying. A military standoff in one village is threatening the lives of more than 30,000 civilians.
This looming catastrophe makes it starkly clear: it’s time that President Obama names a point person with the stature, mandate and authority to take charge of US efforts to end the violence in Darfur.
The Darfuri village of Muhajiriyah is under siege by a massive buildup of Sudanese military forces, poised to strike against any remaining rebel elements in the town. Innocent men, women and children are caught in the crossfire.
This may be the largest battle in Darfur in more than a year, and the civilian casualties could be massive. In another ominous sign, the Sudanese government has refused to allow more UN peacekeepers access to the town. The new administration must name a person to lead U.S. efforts to resolve the larger Darfur conflict this crisis represents.
Every day without progress toward peace is measured in lives lost, so we must act today.
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This is the moment. This is our chance to help end the genocide. We can’t afford to squander this opportunity.
Save Darfur Coalition
The time for promises to be kept is here. It’s not enough to appoint Susan Rice & Samantha Power into titled positions. All the “hope” and “change” is meaningless if we don’t act now.